03 Mar 2016
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu, Member for Arafura
A Tiwi Island arts centre will get an overhaul to make its premises more visitor friendly with the assistance of a Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grant.
Member for Arafura Francis Kurrupuwu said a $24,813 grant was being provided to Tiwi Design through the Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund.
"Tiwi Design was established to preserve and promote the rich Tiwi culture through the sale of various art products including fabrics, carvings, prints and paintings," he said.
"Tiwi Design is the first destination for the walking trail so it is important to make a great first impression on tourists and visitors.
"The Northern Territory Government funding will be used to rehabilitate a drainage area to the rear of the main centre building and to construct a shelter with a sand floor for cultural dancing displays for tourists and visitors.
"Rehabilitating the drainage area will not only improve the appearance of the business, it will also improve the safety of staff and visitors.
"The shelter will increase the comfort of performers and visitors alike by providing much needed shade for the area and to protect the sand floor from wet season downpours."
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said today's grant followed an announcement last year of $230,500 in tourism infrastructure funding for three other Tiwi Islands projects.
"The Northern Territory 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," he said.
"This grant to Tiwi Design comes on top of Northern Territory Government grants provided to develop a sports hall of fame at the local museum, build a new footbridge from the ferry stop on Bathurst Island and to install flushing toilets at a remote fishing lodge."
Mr Giles said a thriving tourism industry would help to develop our regions, boost local businesses, create more jobs and grow the Territory economy.
"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.
"It's all part of the Country Liberals Government's plan to drive the development of North Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020."
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