Nature Based Tourism

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 15:08 ): Supplementary question: could the minister outline how much new funding will be provided to support the strategy?

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change) ( 15:08 ): The funding is, I understand, in the Minister for Tourism's budget. I will have to take that question to him and seek a response on his behalf. I have already outlined the funding that my department (DEWNR) has placed into this: the $5 million for the multiday walk on Kangaroo Island, $10.4 million—

The Hon. D.W. Ridgway interjecting:

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER: These were election commitments that we have delivered on, and we will always deliver on our election commitments—$10.4 million to increase visitation to our Adelaide Hills parks, both in the north and south. Again, this investment was done in conjunction with local communities, when we invited local communities to tell us what would make them want to visit those parks more frequently and what sorts of facilities they needed to encourage their use. We will continue to keep funding investments in our natural assets, our parks, and the Adelaide international bird sanctuary to (a) build on those successes we already have and (b) encourage new success for the private sector.

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