29 Dec 2015
Willem Westra van Holthe
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Gary Higgins, Member for Daly
Almost $2 million in contracts have been awarded to improve facilities at the Top End’s magnificent Litchfield National Park.
The Termite Mounds site, Sandy Creek Falls and Florence Falls will receive upgrades as part of the Northern Territory Government’s $10.43 million investment into the iconic Park.
Acting Chief Minister Willem Westra van Holthe said as one of the Territory’s most popular tourist attractions Litchfield National Park plays a key role in supporting, building and enhancing the Territory’s tourism industry and reputation as a must visit destination.
“Almost 330,000 people visited Litchfield National Park in 2015 and existing attractions, facilities and infrastructure are struggling to meet increased demand due to its rising popularity,” Mr Westra van Holthe said.
“Our government is on track to prepare our Parks and Wildlife areas for the increased level of activity. Developing the north means many more people will be exposed to the beauty of this country and we’re aiming to have it in even better shape.”
Local Member for Daly Gary Higgins welcomed the investment into Litchfield.
“The Government’s commitment to this jewel of the Top End is substantial and these projects will enhance the visitor experience substantially,” Mr Higgins said. “It’s also great to note the contracts will be carried out by local businesses.”
Contracts employing 89 people were awarded for improvements including:
Termite Mounds Site Upgrade for a new boardwalk around cathedral termite mound including fencing and stabilisation, upgrade existing boardwalk and new toilet block plus bore.
Awarded to: Scott Hammet Building and Carpentry Pty Ltd
Award amount: $779,401
Number of employees: 43
Sandy Creek Falls Upgrade includes the construction of a new entrance road to the campground to facilitate additional campsites including the rehabilitation of the existing road, the construction of new campsites including the provision of fire-pit barbecues and the expansion of the day parking loop.
Awarded to: Intract Australia Pty Ltd
Award amount: $595,280
Number of employees: 20
Florence Falls Upgrade includes the modification of the coach parking area through resealing and line-marking to a designated car park to increase the car parking capacity and construction of new car parks.
Awarded to: Alan Birch Transport Pty Ltd
Award amount: $538,054
Number of employees: 26
For Minister Westra van Holthe - Casie Scott, 0432 453 225
Higgins - Lorelei Fong Lim, 0400 165 743