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Kakadu owners want greater consultation over public access

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 3 December 2004

The board of management of Kakadu National Park says it has not been approached by the federal Member for Solomon, Dave Tollner, over plans to expand public access in the heritage area.

Mr Tollner yesterday announced entry fees will be scrapped from December 20, and a four-year interim agreement reimbursing traditional owners for lost revenue will come into effect immediately.

Traditional owner and board member Jonathon Nadji says traditional owners have been left out of all government decisions on the park's future, including the abolition of fees, financial support and increasing tourism opportunities.

"Mr Tollner hasn't spoken to any traditional owners or the board of management regarding opening up areas of the park," he said.

"[There needs to be] further consultation with traditional owners because there are sites that are significant to traditional owners and there are sights that are basically dangerous for people to go and visit."

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