Mirarr people continue to live on our country as our ancestors have done since time immemorial. Jabiru is built on Mirarr country and we have a responsibility to look after the town and the people who live here. This is the Mirarr Vision for Jabiru. It comes from the traditional people of the land. We ask everyone who comes to Jabiru to follow this Vision as the guiding document for all future development and activity in Jabiru. Implementation of this Masterplan and adherence to our Mirarr Vision is a tangible act of respect for our culture and for our traditional ownership and custody of the land.
The Mirarr people have a vision for Jabiru as:
A world leading ecologically sustainable, economically and socially vibrant community where traditional Aboriginal culture, all people and the natural environment flourishes.
‘The town celebrates the traditional ownership of the Mirarr people and is founded on an agreement with the traditional owners for the current and future use of the land for the benefit of the local community, the region and the interests and values of Kakadu National Park.’
National Park town
‘The town celebrates its unique location through consistent building design, landscaping and civil works reflecting the World Heritage and national reserve status of Kakadu National Park with a theme and design utilising natural materials, textures and appearance.’
‘The town is a key North Australian location for ecofriendly tourism, active outdoor tourism and Indigenous cultural tourism.’
Sustainable and resource efficient town
‘The town showcases carbon neutral technologies for a wet tropical environment’
Iconic cultural heritage destination
‘The town celebrates the unique Indigenous cultural heritage significance of the region and provides a gateway for the Australian community to engage with Indigenous culture.
Indigenous employment and enterprise centre
‘The town is a key location nationally for excellence and best practice in Indigenous land management knowledge and employment and supports Bininj living on country in the northern section of Kakadu National Park.’
Sustainable residential population
‘The town attracts and retains long term residents to achieve a sustainable population commensurate with the town’s goals and compatible with Kakadu National Park.’
Education and research hub
‘The town is a key location for research in North Australian biodiversity, ecology, education, indigenous language, cultural heritage, and archaeology and is a gateway for education based tourism.’