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Country Liberals support Barkly tourism

The Northern Territory Government is continuing to invest in Barkly regional tourism.

Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Adam Giles, said the Government has provided $95,000 this financial year for visitor information services at Battery Hill.

Mr Giles said the Battery Hill precinct is currently being prepared to house memorabilia related to World War I Victoria Cross winner Albert Borella.

The Territory and Australian Governments have provided $300,000 for the display, which is due to open next month.

“Albert Borella’s epic journey from Tennant Creek is an inspirational story that needs to be told and I’m delighted this memorabilia will be shown in Tennant Creek,” Mr Giles said.

Mr Giles said the Country Liberals had established the Tennant Creek Local Tourism Advisory Committee and he commended members on their work to increase tourism throughout Tennant Creek and Barkly region.

While visiting Tennant Creek for a Cabinet meeting and the annual Show, he also announced two new grants from the Government’s $10 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund.

He said $88,023 had been awarded to Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation at Ali Curung for an art gallery upgrade and to install digital kiosks.

“By utilising a new sliding screen display system the gallery will be able to display art on tables and benches,” he said.

“Additionally the new kiosks will put the art gallery at the forefront of utilising technology and innovation in cultural tourism.”

Jajjikari Cafe at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre received $26,945.

The cafe is housed in an elegant purpose-built building beside the sacred site to the Nyinkka (spiky-tailed lizard).

Mr Giles said the grant had assisted with modifications and improvements.

“Importantly, the cafe is staffed by local Indigenous people, giving visitors a deeper culturally immersive experience,” he said.

The $10 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, including the Barkly region.

“Tourism is one of the Territory’s largest employers and the Country Liberals are working hard to help the industry grow after years of decline under Labor," Mr Giles said.

“The Country Liberals Government is committed to growing tourism in Tennant Creek and the Barkly region so we can create more jobs and drive economic development in these communities.

“It’s all part of our plan to drive the development of Northern Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020.”

Media contact: Michael Gorey 0437 249 003