12 May 2016
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
Visitors to the Purple Mango Brewery and Café at Marrakai will now be able to enjoy locally crafted beers with their meals thanks to a tourism grant from the NT Government.
The Purple Mango Café received an $85,950 Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund 2015-16 grant allowing them to expand their business to include a dedicated building for production of craft beers.
"The Purple Mango Café opened in March last year providing wood-fired oven pizzas and café meals, and already had a rapidly growing customer base," said Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles after officially opening the new facility today.
"The $9.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund is the largest Government tourism grant program in the Territory's history and is helping to expand the range of tourism products available in the NT, particularly in our regions.
"The Marrakai/Corroboree region is perfectly located on the doorstep to Kakadu and the new brewery at the Purple Mango Café will encourage visitors to stay longer in the region and experience the diverse range of attractions on offer from birdwatching to river cruises and cultural tours.
"Mangos are iconic to the Top End and I've no doubt the new mango beer will prove popular with locals and tourists alike."
Co-owners Graham Bulford and Gay Potter said they were thrilled to open the Purple Mango Brewery to the public.
"This has been a dream for us for a long time and it's fantastic to see it finally come to fruition, thanks to an NT Government's tourism infrastructure grant," Ms Potter said.
"A brewery with local Territory beers, wood fired pizzas and camping on site. What else do you need?
"Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram to keep up to date and help you plan your visit to the Purple Mango Brewery and Cafe."
The Purple Mango Brewery and Café joins other tourism businesses in the Darwin rural area to receive support from Northern Territory Government's $9.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund including:
Mr Giles said tourism was one of the Territory's largest employers and the Country Liberals Government was working hard to help the industry grow after years of decline.
"The Country Liberals Government is committed to growing tourism 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.
"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."
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