18 Oct 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
Minister for the Environment
Solar power will be installed at a new ecotourism business in the Douglas Daly region and an electrical power system installed at the Mount Nancar Wilderness Retreat thanks to Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grants.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the two projects were being supported under the Country Liberals Government's $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund.
"Birding Billabongs NT is being established as a new ecotourism business providing a small number of caravan sites and camping grounds close to billabongs and waterways on a 4800 hectare property in the Douglas Daly region," he said.
"It will provide a unique birdwatching experience where tourists can bird watch from the comfort of their own caravan or camp site.
"With the help of a $27,272.72 tourism infrastructure grant, solar power will be installed to minimise the impact on the natural environment, improve electrical capacity and provide a solid platform for growing the business by reducing energy operating costs.
"In the long term, the business plans to expand into the areas of bush tucker and bush skills, employing Indigenous people to share their expertise with tourists and provide an even richer tourism experience."
Member for Daly Gary Higgins said the Mount Nancar Wilderness Retreat on the Daly River was experiencing a growing need to provide campers with electricity to power their portable refrigerators, fans, lighting and battery chargers for cameras, tablets and other electronic equipment.
"Currently the site is powered by a Remote Area Power Supply installed in 2008, which is reaching capacity," he said.
"With the help of a $30,000 Territory Government grant, the business will install a heavy duty petrol/battery generator that will be able to better meet the needs of tourists and encourage longer stays at the Retreat."
Mr Giles said the $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund was 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," he said.
"The Country Liberals 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.
"It's all part of the Country Liberals Government's plan to build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020."
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