28 Oct 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
Bess Price, Member for Stuart
The Mataranka Roadhouse will upgrade its facilities to encourage drive tourists and bus charters to stop and stay in the region longer with the help of a Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grant.
Member for Stuart Bess Price said the $27,754.19 Government grant would go towards installing a shelter, more toilets and a male and female shower.
“The Mataranka Roadhouse has positioned itself as a welcoming, visitor friendly destination offering coffee, homemade and local food, souvenirs and travel information,” she said.
“Several bus charter companies have indicated they would be willing to make Mataranka Roadhouse a scheduled stop once facilities have been upgraded.
“This grant will be used to improve facilities
to accommodate tourists that arrive by coach and those that are into 4WDing and
“This will mean the business will experience more stops by tourists and bus charters, increasing the chances of tourists buying goods from the roadhouse or enjoying the food the business has to offer.
“It will enhance the tourism experience by allowing visitors to freshen up and encourage them to stay in and explore Mataranka for longer periods.”
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam 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 develop North Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020.”
Media Contact: Scott Whitby 0438 531 583 (Chief Minister); Rebecca McLean 0419 033 679 (Minister Price)