We kick in 100k to help build Bindi Irwin's own island
THE Federal Government has handed more than $100,000 of taxpayers' money to Australia Zoo for the creation of its newest attraction, Bindi's Island.
The project had been a closely guarded secret until yesterday when Queensland Senator Mark Furner announced the zoo had been a "successful applicant" for a grant under the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.
The program offers dollar-for-dollar matched funding up to $250,000 to help tourism operators increase the quality and range of visitor experiences in regional Australia.
Bindi's Island, set to open by Christmas next year, will be an exotic island where visitors can have a wildlife adventure.
It will include a zip line where patrons can fly across the surrounding water, a magical treehouse with games and activities inside, and a wet play area where animals will spurt water.
Australia Zoo has remained tight-lipped about the attraction. Even in the wake of the funding news, little news came out of the zoo.
"Still in its planning stages, Bindi's Island is the ultimate adventure based on input from our visitors," an Australia Zoo spokeswoman said.
"The island includes a Bindi the Jungle Girl Tree House with a Return To Nim's Island feel, wildlife, water features and a zip line for stacks of fun."
The spokeswoman said Bindi's Island would have a significant impact on domestic tourism.