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Turbocharging Tourism: $3M Boost for Hermannsburg Historical Precinct in Central Australia

The Territory Labor Government is investing a $3 million into the Hermannsburg Historical Precinct, the third major infrastructure project to be announced as part of $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Minister for Tourism and Culture said this is on top of the $600,000 investment announced last year for the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct as part of a Five Point Visitor Experience Action Plan to maximise tourism opportunities in the region, create jobs and support business in the community.

“The Territory Labor Government is Turbocharging Tourism to attract more visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.”

"We will be working with stakeholders including the Finke River Mission and the Hermannsburg Historic Society to maximise tourism growth in Ntaria (the Hermannsburg region) and create jobs and business opportunities in the community,” she said.

The Hermannsburg Historic Precinct is one of only five nationally listed heritage sites in the Northern Territory and is a cornerstone attraction for visitors to the West MacDonnell region.

The $3 million recognises the increase in visitor numbers following the sealing of the final section of popular tourist drive, the Mereenie Inner Loop road. 

Results from Tourism Research Australia’s National and International Visitor survey indicate that an average of 44,000 domestic overnight and international holiday visitors currently make their way to the MacDonnell tourism region, in which Hermannsburg is situated, each year*.  But with over 400,000 holiday visitors coming to Central Australia overall each year, there is potential for visitation to the MacDonnell region to grow.

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Attached Photos:

Nicholas Williams, Chair of the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct shows Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss around the precinct in December 2017.

Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242

 *Based on a two year average year ending September 16 and year ending September 2017.


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