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Turbocharging Tourism: $9.9 million boost for George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens will undergo a $9.9 million facelift, with a new multi-purpose visitor and event centre to be built there as part of the Territory Labor Government's record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the enhancements would mean better facilities for festivals and events at the iconic Gardens, creating an improved visitor experience and helping to lift Darwin's reputation as a great place to visit and live.

“George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is a stunning tropical destination, and this funding will make it even better - we want it to be a huge asset for tourists and locals,” Ms Moss said.

“It boasts an outstanding horticultural collection and is in close proximity to the central business district and other cultural spaces.

“Upgrades to power, water, lighting and amenities will create jobs and open up the opportunity for the Gardens and commercial operators to host bigger, multi-stage events across several lawns.”

A new, multi-purpose visitor and community centre will replace the current outdated facilities, and offer indoor, air-conditioned, all-season conference and event facilities in-line with facilities offered at botanic gardens around Australia.

The centre will be available for small conferences, weddings and community events, with interpretive materials leading visitors out into the beautiful gardens.

The Gardens will form a part of the unique suite of cultural experiences aimed at revitalising Darwin’s central business district and provide a seamless linkage with the cultural sector including MAGNT, Mindil Beach and the new precinct at Myilly Point.

“This $9.9 million investment will improve this unique destination and create opportunities for caterers and event organisers outside of peak season which is good for business,” Ms Moss said.

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