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Standley Chasm picnic area upgraded with NT Government tourism grant

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 experience.

“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.

Mr 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 regional areas.

“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 said.

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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