06 Oct 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
A space observatory and private pods for stargazing will be built at Earth Sanctuary in Alice Springs with the help of a $50,000 Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grant.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the project aimed to capitalise on the emerging niche market of space discovery tourism and position Central Australia as one of the world’s leading stargazing destinations.
“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.
“This new grant will help Earth Sanctuary build a professional but modest observatory and private star pods that allow visitors to star gaze in a comfortable dome kitted with a double bed and private decking.
“It is encouraging to see Earth Sanctuary working hard to position itself as a leader in providing a unique and sustainable tourism experience to not only Australians, but the rest of the world.”
Mr Giles said the Country Liberals Government’s $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund was the largest Government tourism grant program in the Territory’s history.
“While visitor numbers in Central Australia have been increasing, we know there is more work to do, and this fund provides a significant boost for the NT tourism industry to help attract more visitors here and encourage them to stay longer,” he said.
“It has been fantastic to see so much interest from local operators wanting to improve their infrastructure, with projects like this one from Earth Sanctuary making a huge difference to improve the overall visitor experience.”
Mr Giles said the Earth Sanctuary project follows a recent ‘Astronomeet’ that involved professional photographers and social media influencers coming together at Uluru to capture the stunning night sky.
“Projects and events like this promote the NT as a must-do holiday
destination that is home to unique, world class experiences and sends a message
to holiday makers to ‘come for the stars, stay for a Red Centre adventure’,” he
“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.”
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