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Question Without Notice No. 1360 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 November 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon P. Papalia
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

TOURISM — MT AUGUSTUS

1360. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Tourism:

I recently spoke to a constituent named Don, who resides at Mt Augustus Tourist Park near the community of Burringurrah. Don advised that he was seeing many more tourists since the ban on climbing Uluru came into effect.

(1) Is the minister aware of any official increase in tourist numbers, and has his department considered that tourist numbers were likely to increase following Uluru's closure to climbing?

(2) If yes to (1), what is the government doing to promote Mt Augustus as a tourist destination?

(3) If no to (3), why not?

(4) Given that there is only mobile phone service in a radius of 1.5 kilometres around the area, does the government have any plans to improve the communications facilities?

(5) Does the government acknowledge that safety measures generally should be increased around Mt Augustus to protect visitors to that area?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. Unfortunately, I have not seen that question today. Alas, if he had asked me in my capacity as Minister for Regional Development, I could have provided an answer, but we will get onto the Minister for Tourism and find out what has happened to that answer.