Information update - A strong future for Jabiru

This information update aims to provide Jabiru and Kakadu residents and visitors to Kakadu National Park with an update on activities associated with the town’s transition to a key service and tourism centre for the region and the park.

Is there a future for the town?
There is a future for this great town. While the town of Jabiru was established to support mining, it has grown to become a service centre for the tourism industry and the West Arnhem region. There is a strong commitment by Traditional Owners, the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Government for Jabiru to remain after the mine closes.

The town will remain as a key service and tourist centre with a strong Indigenous identity. The town will continue to support the region and the park.

Will business be able to continue?
There is a bright future for businesses in Jabiru. Planning is underway to revitalise the town and this will allow for further opportunities for economic development.

Will Jabiru feature in any tourism promotions?
Jabiru is the “town in the park”. Jabiru’s location in a World Heritage listed National Park has enabled it to feature as a major tourist attraction and this will grow into the future. The vision of Traditional Owners is for Jabiru to remain and be a key service and tourist centre for Kakadu with a strong indigenous identity.

What will happen to the services of the town such as the school, health centre, fire station and police station?
Jabiru provides important essential services to its residents, tourists, Parks Australia and many of the communities in the Kakadu Region and West Arnhem Land. There is a Northern Territory Government commitment that all services will remain in Jabiru.

What’s happening now?
Planning is well underway. The Jabiru Steering Committee, made up of members of Traditional Owner representatives from the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Land Council, Energy Resources Australia and government (Commonwealth, Northern Territory and West Arnhem Regional Council) are working together to address the aspects for the transition of the town.

What’s going to happen next?
Planning is important. Four work streams of Infrastructure, Economic Development, Housing and services and Township Leasing have been established by the Jabiru Steering Committee to resolve future tenure arrangements. These work streams each have a series of projects underway for coordinating Jabiru’s future. Each work stream is led by a key government agency responsible for the delivery of the projects.

Where can I get more information?
If you would like further information, please contact the Regional Director for Jabiru, Department of the Chief Minister, John Bray. Phone: 0429 061 764. John’s office is located at the Jabiru Training Centre, Van Delft Street, Jabiru.

Aerial photograph of Jabiru
Aerial photograph of Jabiru