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Turbocharging Tourism: Celebrating Tennant Creek’s Gold Rush and Mining History

Tennant Creek will receive a $5.5 million investment into tourism infrastructure to revitalise and improve the visitor experience as part of the Territory Labor Government's record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the boost will upgrade facilities, signage and improve the visitor experience in Tennant Creek.

“As the home of Australia’s last gold rush, Tennant Creek has an incredibly rich mining history and we want to ensure visitors have an enjoyable and informative visit to the region,” Ms Moss said.

“The region is a treasure-trove for history buffs. From World War II to mining, new interpretive signage from the Town Centre to Battery Hill Mining Centre and the Nyinkka Nyunyu Indigenous Cultural Centre will share the story of Tennant Creek’s social, cultural and mining histories and stimulate interest in visiting other sites of interest in the area.

“Upgrades to the visitor centre will create a central hub to feed into interpretive and interactive experiences. This investment will also improve facilities for tourist vehicle and van arrivals, including new parking and amenities encouraging coach and caravan stop overs.”

This stimulus boost is on top of the $2 million investment for new entry statements into Tennant Creek announced last year by Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy.

“This is great news for Tennant Creek,” Mr McCarthy said.

“The tourism boost and the entry statements will help foster a sense of pride in the community and provide visitors and tourists with extra incentive to explore what the town has to offer.”

A Tennant Creek Tourism Masterplan is also being developed to identify key priority projects and plan for future long-term infrastructure growth and upgrades.

Tennant Creek will also benefit from the new $26.57 million funding for smarter and more targeted tourism marketing, with significant effort being applied to creating dispersal from existing transport nodes in Alice Springs and Darwin while continuing to promote campaigns aimed at the drive market.

“We are taking action right now to drive tourism and get more visitors here,” Ms Moss said.

“Under our plan, we will also work more closely with our tourism industry, supporting it to grow and capitalise on this increased and unprecedented investment.”

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