Published on : Friday, March 25, 2016
Member for Stuart Bess Price said $126,022 was being provided to three Territory tourism businesses to upgrade their infrastructure under the latest grants.
“The Northern Territory is famous for its iconic outback pubs and these grants will provide a facelift for some of the Territory’s most well-known pubs,” she said.
“Wirib Tourism Park at Timber Creek is a common stopover destination to explore the Gregory National Park and enjoy fishing on the Victoria River. The business is considered a social hub in the area – providing accommodation, a general store, service station and roadhouse facilities.
“The business plans to significantly upgrade the existing general store and, before doing so, the wastewater treatment system must be replaced to meet health and safety standards. A $26,022.73 tourism grant will help replace this system.
“Replacing the wastewater treatment system will mean the business is consistent with environmental health standards and will enable it to upgrade and expand its current general store facilities. This will attract a higher number of visitors and encourage them to stay longer in the area.”
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the Daly Waters Pub would receive a $70,000 tourism grant towards replacing the thirty year old pool with a larger one and redeveloping the poolside dining and BBQ area to make it larger and more attractive to visitors.
“The Daly Waters Pub was built in 1930 and provides bar and dining facilities and a variety of accommodation options,” he said.
“The pool upgrade project will include pool fencing, shade, decking and landscaping works, and will improve the overall amenity and comfort of the area allowing for more people to use it at one time.
“Exclusively targeting the drive market, it will also meet the demands of visitors with caravans/RVs, attracting more guests and encouraging them to stay longer in the region.”
Ms Price said Timber Creek Hotel, located 285km west of Katherine and 193km east of the Western Australian border, would also receive a $30,000 tourism grant to renovate the public ablutions block.
“The business provides service station and general store facilities, bar and dining facilities and acts as a Greyhound bus stop and an Australia Post agent,” she said.
“A renovated ablutions block will create a positive impression with the visitors to the area, particularly as it is the first stop in the Northern Territory if you are travelling from Western Australia along the Victoria Highway.”
Mr Giles said more than 40 tourism operators from all over the NT have so far received grants from the Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund.
“The Government has just announced another $5 million for tourism infrastructure grants, taking the total to $9.75m this financial year – the largest tourism grant program in the Territory’s history.
“Tourism operators have until 13 April to get their applications in and share in the Boosting Our Economy package.”
Mr Giles said a thriving tourism industry would help to develop our regions, boost local businesses, create more jobs and grow the Territory economy.
“This tourism grant program is a significant boost for the NT tourism industry that will help attract more visitors here and encourage them to stay longer,” he said.
“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.”