A strong future for Jabiru

The Commonwealth and NT governments, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) and Energy Resources of Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding PDF (1.8 MB) to secure Jabiru’s future as it transitions from a mining hub to a tourism and services hub for Kakadu National Park and the Region.

Jabiru’s future will be guided by the vision of the Mirarr. Traditional Owners for the land on which Jabiru stands, for Jabiru to become “A world leading ecologically sustainable, economically and socially vibrant community where traditional Aboriginal culture, all people and the natural environment flourishes.” The Mirarr vision for the town is outlined in the Jabiru Masterplan

The Jabiru Business Case is a key piece of research by the Stafford Strategy group, commissioned by Traditional Owners (represented by Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation). It is a tourism and economic development study that outlines key opportunities for Jabiru.

The Jabiru Business Case outlines how investments in the town must be complemented by investment in Kakadu National Park, including road upgrades, visitor amenity and a focus on improving access to the key tourist sites in the shoulder seasons. Read the executive summary of the Jabiru Business Case.

The Northern Territory Government and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation formed Jabiru Kabolkmakmen Ltd to guide the township of Jabiru in its transition to a post-mining future. For more information visit the Jabiru Kabolkmakmen website.

Further information about Jabiru’s future can be found in this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Memorandum of Understanding on the future of Jabiru township PDF (1.8 MB)

Funding the future of Jabiru and Kakadu National Park

Jabiru has a secure and vibrant future, with committed investment from the NT and Commonwealth governments. The investments will be used to upgrade Kakadu National Park, support the township of Jabiru to transition to a tourism and government services-based economy.

NT Government commitment

The NT Government is committed to repositioning Jabiru to a tourism and regional services hub.

Budget 2019 includes the Territory Government’s $131.5 million commitment over four years towards the Jabiru Futures Package to deliver a long-term plan for the future viability of Jabiru. The funding will transform Jabiru Township through:

  • a Bininj Resource and Development Centre to support Aboriginal learning
  • essential services infrastructure, such as electricity, water and sewerage, including a new power station
  • a new government services centre
  • improved education and health facilities.

The NT Government has already provided $4 million in 2018-19 to complete the total commitment of $135.5 million.

The $135.5 million is in addition to previous funding commitments by the NT Government to:

  • fund for GAC to develop the Jabiru Business Case
  • support for the establishment and operation of the Jabiru Futures Office
  • guarantee to maintain health, education, police, fire and emergency services at current levels for five-years from 1 July 2018.

Commonwealth Government Commitment

In January 2019, The Prime Minister committed $216M over 10 years from the Commonwealth for a world heritage interpretive centre, road upgrades, park upgrades, asbestos remediation works, and mobile connectivity in Kakadu. Further information on the Commonwealth funding commitment can be found at https://www.pm.gov.au/media/locking-future-tourism-and-jobs-kakadu.

Last updated: 11 June 2019

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