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Published on : Friday, June 12, 2015
A new hotel and exhibition centre is at the heart of a new plan to transform a vacant site in Alice Springs. The plan for Whittaker Street also includes new shops, restaurants, a plaza and transport interchange and promises to both create local jobs and attract more visitors to Alice.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said the revitalisation of the inner-city area would improve the amenity of the town and provide a significant boost to the economy.
“The Territory Government wants to work with the private sector to revitalise our communities and create jobs – and this project is a perfect example of that,” Mr Giles said.
“The plan we now have seeks to breathe new life into this area and create new jobs in construction, tourism, accommodation and retail.
“It’s an exciting vision for Whittaker Street and the whole community. I want Alice to be a vibrant place to live and work and an attractive destination for tourists.”
The Territory Government invited expressions of interest in developing two lots of land in Whittaker Street in December last year.
Whittaker Street Developments was selected as the preferred proponent to proceed to the next stage and will now begin detailed planning and commercial studies to realise the project.
Lands and Planning Minister David Tollner said the landmark development was great news for business in Alice Springs.
“We’re releasing land for commercial development right across the Territory,” Mr Tollner said.
“Unlocking the potential of our land and working with private enterprise will create jobs and prosperity for the whole community.”
Michael Sitzler of Whittaker Street Developments said the plan would create a ‘uniquely Central Australian’ destination for visitors.
“I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to further develop my vision for this key site,” Mr Sitzler said.
“In consultation with the Northern Territory Government, I am determined to see this happen.”