16 Sep 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
Willem Westra van Holthe
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Katherine Outback Experience will build a new tiered grandstand surrounding the performance arena to cater for more visitors as a result of a Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grant.
Deputy Chief Minister and Member for Katherine Willem Westra van Holthe said the project was successful under the first round of the Government’s $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund.
“The Northern Territory Government is committed to expanding 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.
“I’m delighted to announce that the Katherine Outback Experience will receive $30,000 to construct a new grandstand which will allow the show to increase capacity and more comfortably accommodate guests at this Top End tourism attraction.”
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the $4.75 million program was the largest investment in tourism infrastructure in the Territory’s history.
“It 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 has been fantastic to see significant interest from local operators wanting to improve their infrastructure, and while these projects are small in scale, they will make a huge difference to improving the overall visitor experience.”
Under the small scale category, tourism businesses can apply for grants of up to $30,000 to support new or establishing tourism businesses at any stage over the next 12 months.
“A thriving tourism
industry will help to develop our regions, boost local businesses, create more
jobs and grow the Territory economy,” 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."
Media Contact: Scott Whitby 0438 531 583 (Chief Minister), Casie Scott 0432 453 225 (Deputy Chief Minister)