Construction is under way in the United States
of a $100 million, seven-storey exhibit featuring the replica of
a Northern Territory gorge.
The Umbrawarra Gorge near Pine Creek,
200 kilometres south of Darwin, will be the centrepiece of the exhibit
at the National Aquarium at Baltimore, outside Washington.
freshwater crocodiles have already been flown to the US to be part
of the exhibit.
Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon visited
the site and says one-point-seven million people visit the aquarium
"They propose to run a series of events over
a period of 12 months around the development and the opening of
this major attraction," he said.
"The potential of what
that might be in terms of tourist visitation, because if we're prepared
to think along those terms for the investment of not a significant
amount of money, I think we would get an enormous spin off."
Snowdon says the US will import as much flora and fauna as possible.
only are they getting it from Australia but there are a range of
sources on the open market already and I'm not sure exactly to what
extent they'll do an exact reproduction of the habitat," he
"There's no question about what their desire
is, even to the extent of trying to introduce a component of Indigenous
The replica will open in April 2005.