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More Tourists and Jobs: Darwin Water Park takes a Big Step Forward

The Territory Labor Government’s Darwin CBD-revitalising, job-creating investments have taken another major leap forward with a preferred site nominated and Expressions of Interest (EOI) called for the development of an international standard water theme park.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the water theme park will be a world-class tourist attraction that unlocks further private investment and is great fun for locals.

Pico Play, who were engaged by Government to do a detailed business case for the water theme park late last year, found it to be commercially attractive for a private sector investor to build, own and operate. 

Government will now seek EOI's from developers and has nominated a site option at the Stokes Hill Wharf area.

“My Government’s number priority is creating local jobs and facilitating exciting private sector projects like this water theme park will do that,” Mr Gunner said. “This was highlighted during our Economic Summits and this is why we must continue to leverage private sector investment.

“Done well, an international standard water theme park will encourage tourists to visit the Territory and stay longer, as well as improve the liveability of Darwin for locals.”

Mr Gunner said the Darwin water theme park is part of a comprehensive $100 million plan to revitalise Darwin CBD and make it a world-class tourism mecca, reflecting its status as the Capital of Northern Australia. He said talks with the Federal Government to match this funding in a Cities Deal is progressing well.

In the last week the Territory Labor Government has awarded two major tenders for job-creating Darwin CBD revitalisation projects: Over $40 million for the construction of Barneson Boulevard and a $2.7 million heat mitigation study through an iconic shade structure on Cavenagh Street.

“We are not waiting – we are getting on with revitalising Darwin CBD. By investing in social and tourism infrastructure we will grow the Territory’s population, boosting the economy and creating jobs,” Mr Gunner said. 

“The Darwin water theme park is another piece of our wider plans to boost our business and tourism assets while creating substantial employment opportunities for locals.

“This new development on the Stokes Hill Waterfront will improve the existing waterfront precinct, which is another project delivered by a Labor Government.

 “An integrated water theme park development could include:


·         Entertainment precincts;

·         Public open space;

·         Recreational activities;

·         Accommodation options;

·         Food and retail outlets; and

·         Other unique offerings or ideas put forward by the successful proponent

The development will also include public walkways proving uninterrupted public foreshore access. 

 Mr Gunner said the Territory Labor Government invested $500,000 in Budget 2017 for the feasibility study, and is allocating an additional $1.725 million in 2018/19 to support the delivery of the project through a competitive process.

The EOI will close on 22 August 2018. For more info go to

Media Contact: Cam Angus 0404 021 192

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