14 Oct 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
A new water pipeline will be installed at the Lorella Springs Wilderness Park and two rooms at the Savannah Way Motel will be upgraded to be disability-friendly as a result of Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grants.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the two Borroloola region projects were being supported under the Country Liberal 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.
"This is the largest Government tourism grant program 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."
Mr Giles said Lorella Springs Wilderness Park would receive $27,272.72 to construct a five kilometre pipeline from an existing bore to the Park's 100,000 litre water tank, as well as a solar-powered water pump.
"Lorella Springs Wilderness Park provide natural swimming holes, 4WD tracks and kilometres of waterways for tourists to explore," he said.
"Each year there are more and more tourists coming to the Park which has significantly increased the demand for water, so the new pipeline and water pump will help the business to increase their water capacity."
Mr Giles said the Savannah Way Motel at Borroloola would receive $27,272.72 to turn two standard rooms into two self-contained disability friendly rooms with kitchenettes and disabled facilities.
"This will allow the Savannah Way Motel to provide better and more suitable accommodation for disabled clients and their families, improving visitor experiences in the region," he said.
Mr Giles said a thriving tourism industry would help to develop our regions, boost local businesses, create more jobs and grow the Territory economy.
"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," he said.
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