Federal funding to build new tourism infrastructure in the NT


9 November 2015

New conference facilities at Crab Claw Island, the renovation of Seven Spirit Bay in Arnhem Land and wheelchair accessible pathways in Central Australia are among the Northern Territory projects to be funded under a national tourism infrastructure scheme.

Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles welcomed the funding of $775,000 from the Federal Government's Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Program in 2015/16, which will be administered by Tourism NT.

"The Northern Territory Government is determined to expand the range of tourism experiences on offer in the Territory, particularly in our regional and remote areas, so we can create more jobs and drive economic development in these communities," he said.

"The funding from the Federal Government will support a selection of high-quality, large scale projects that deliver a broad benefit across the tourism sector, and the Territory Government has focussed investment to encourage visitors to disperse and extend their visit.

"These are all exciting tourism projects that will help attract more holiday-makers to the Territory."

The eight projects to receive funding in 2015/16 are:

  • New air conditioned accommodation, Lorella Springs
  • New meeting and events area in the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, Katherine
  • A multi-purpose space at Glen Helen, Central Australia
  • Renovation of Seven Spirit Bay to develop a new west Arnhem touring route
  • Upgrades to the Gove Yacht Club, Nhulunbuy
  • New wheelchair accessible walking trails at Standley Chasm, Central Australia
  • New conference facilities, Crab Claw Island
  • Funding to assist the new Borella Ride permanent exhibition, Tennant Creek

Senator Richard Colbeck, Commonwealth Minister for Tourism and International Education, said the projects would drive demand and improve the quality of tourism infrastructure in the Territory.

"The Commonwealth Government is providing $43.1 million over four years to the states and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Programme," he said.

"Projects will help the industry to meet Tourism 2020 targets to ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future.

The Federal funding comes on top of the Northern Territory Government's own $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund which is investing even more money into the Territory's tourism industry.

"It's all part of the Country Liberals Government's plan to drive the development of North Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020," Mr Giles said.

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