15 Jan 2016
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
Standley Chasm’s picnic area will be upgraded and birdwatching hides installed with the support of a $60,000 Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grant.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam
Giles said Standley Chasm was a private flora and fauna reserve about 50
kilometres west of Alice Springs that included café facilities, camp grounds
and a picnic area operated by the Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation.
“Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye) is a
picturesque natural alleyway shaped by thousands of years of surging flood
waters that is popular with bushwalkers and campers because of the abundance of
native flora and fauna in the area,” he said.
“With the assistance of a $60,000 Tourism
Infrastructure Development Fund grant, the Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation will
upgrade the coach group assembly/picnic area with better drainage, concrete
kerbing and improved seating.
“The changes will be very visible to all
visitors and provide a good first impression, helping to enhance the visitor
“In addition, two purpose-built birdwatching
hides will be installed, providing the opportunity to tap into a new, niche
market, while also assisting local birdwatching tour operators tailor a package
that includes the Chasm.”
Mr Giles said Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation
had been making a number of improvements to the area in recent years with this
year’s grant coming on top of $61,435 joint funding from the NT and Australian
Governments in 2014 to upgrade the car park and gravel entrance.
“The Federal Government has been very
supportive again this year, providing a $196,915 grant through its Tourism
Demand-Driver Infrastructure Program 2015/16 to develop new wheelchair
accessible walking trails at Standley Chasm,” Mr Giles said.
Giles said the Northern Territory Government was
committed to expanding and enhancing the range of tourism experiences on offer
in the Territory to create more jobs and drive economic development in our
“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,” he
Mr Giles said the Country Liberals Government
was working hard to rebuild the tourism industry after years of decline, with
the tourism infrastructure grants helping local businesses revitalise their
product and the experiences on offer.
“It’s all part of the Country Liberals
Government’s plans to drive the development of North Australia and build a $2.2
billion visitor economy by 2020,” he said.
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