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Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours announced as commercial operators for Window on the Wetlands
Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours has been awarded the contract to operate the Northern Territory tourism experience, Window on the Wetlands, following an extensive Expressions of Interest process.
The Window on the Wetlands site is perched on Ludawei (Beatrice Hill) approximately 45 minutes from Darwin and overlooks the spectacular Adelaide River floodplains.
The site and facility have been closed since the beginning of this year while the Northern Territory Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security sought a new operator to broaden commercial operations at this key tourism site.
Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours demonstrated a vision for the site with plans to modernise and update the facility.
The organisation’s submission included a strong tourism focus providing value for the Territory and contributing to Aboriginal employment opportunities in the region.
Lynette Kenyon from Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours advised “this is a great opportunity for us to showcase the local culture and wetland region in an educational, fun and creative atmosphere.
“Our vision for the future is to make it a destination that offers local and environmental information including the local culture. Not only will it be a great place for information and a must stop destination, it will continue to provide the awesome views it always has, complemented with a new café, displays with further plans to develop and grow.”
Graham Kenyon from Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours added “we will fit-out new interpretive displays, including a new art gallery showcasing the local Limilngan-Wulna culture and upgrade the coffee shop on the top floor overlooking the spectacular wetlands.
“We are really excited to be able to provide ongoing and growing employment and training opportunities for our people.
“We plan to open in 2022 after renovations are complete.”
Northern Territory Minister for Parks and Rangers Selena Uibo enthused “this is a fantastic opportunity for Window on the Wetlands to thrive as an extraordinary tourism experience in an iconic setting.
“The site offers spectacular views of the Adelaide River floodplains, including spectacular lightning storms, and offers huge potential to service the drive market, organised tours and support independent travellers.
“Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours will be a fine operator of the facility with plans to expand and enhance the visitor experience in the region and create jobs for Territorians.”
Lease negotiations are now underway.
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