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Resources and Tourism in Kakadu northern territory in Australia

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´╗┐KAKADU: NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA 1) Kakadu is in northern Australia, 3000km from Sydney, it is on the north coast. It is south of Indonesia, 250km from Darwin. Kakadu is considered remote because most major cities are located in South East Australia, e.g. Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, or the South West Coast e.g. Perth. 2) Uranium Mining is one of the most important exports from Australia, it is important because it amounts to $500 million per year to Australia in exports, in the five years to mid 2005, Australia exported 46600 tonnes of uranium oxide concentrate with a value of over $2.1 billion, It provides power to Japan, USA, UK and France, it is 30% of Japans electricity, 21% of Usa?s energy, 20% of the UK?s and 77% of France?s energy, This type of power is becoming vital as the worlds fossil fuel reserves are running out. ...read more.

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Which has totalled to $207 million since mining began in 1981. Also it has a better impact on the environment then the burning of fossil fuels does. However, as Aboriginals lead quite simple lives, they are not interested in what money brings them as their culture relies on them using nature to supply and feed them. Furthermore they have been pushed aside by the government when mining companies have been allowed to enter their land and destroy the earth, which is considered a great sin to the Aboriginal people. Kakadu is unique in the tourism industry as it offers many different types of habitats and scenery, woodland, grassy flood plains, wetland, rainforests and sandstone country. It has some of the oldest cave art in the world; it is one of few places to be a world heritage site for cultural and natural reasons. ...read more.

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The Aborigines don?t believe in exploiting the land as they believe it to be sacred and to destroy it would be a sin. They are not happy with the way many companies and tourists have just invaded their homes, they gain little to nothing from this as they?re not interested in money or anything else they have to offer, they just want their rightful land to be left alone and preserved in its natural state. Since white people encountered the Aborigines, their numbers have dropped to less than 500 in the Kakadu area. Aboriginal leaders don?t want to lose their rights and their culture as modernisation steps into their lives. One spoke against the royalties given stating that ?I think you would find the benefits of mining for our people have been minimal, if anything at all.? However some Aboriginals have become modernised and use the money given to their benefit, e.g. to fund healthcare, education and housing. Although not a huge part of the Aboriginals do this, the numbers are certainly growing. ...read more.

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