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Second Round of Roadhouse to Recovery Grants Now Open

Office of the Chief Minister

The second round of the Territory Labor Government’s highly-popular Territory Small Business Roadhouse to Recovery grants is set to open tomorrow, Saturday 19 June 2021.

Roadhouses, wayside inns and remote caravan parks are all eligible to apply for funding of up to $150,000 to upgrade their facilities and improve visitor experiences.

As part of the $4 million initiative, business owners are required to make a cash contribution.

The Territory Government will invest $3 for every dollar invested by successful grant recipient businesses.

The aim of the scheme is to boost the Territory’s drive tourism market, and improve on-the-ground customer experiences for people travelling through the Territory.

The grants  will also have positive flow on benefits for the local construction industry.

Previous successful applicants are eligible to apply in the second round, however priority will be given to new applicants.

Applications for the Roadhouse to Recovery Grant grants close on 30 August at 5pm.

Successful recipients will be notified in October. 

A total of 35 regional and remote wayside inn, caravan parks and roadhouse operators across the Territory have received $4 million in grants with 21 projects in the Top End and a further 14 in Central Australia.

In-line with the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission Final Report, this funding round is another step towards upgrading the Territory’s tourism infrastructure and capitalising on new post COVID-19 trends and domestic tourism growth such as drive tourism.

For more information including grant guidelines visit

Quotes from Chief Minister Michael, Gunner:

 “We’re pumped to re-open this popular grant, which will benefit even more roadhouses and wayside inns across the Territory and keep tradies on the tools. 

“Improving services for the drive market assists people who choose to drive to the Territory, and those who fly in and hire a vehicle to get around.

“We’re committed to improving service and business opportunities for Territorians, no matter where they live.” 

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Natasha Fyles:

“As a result of COVID-19 there has been a significant additional interest in driving holidays, and we are Supporting Territory Businesses with popular schemes such as Roadhouse to Recovery.

“This funding is enabling new business opportunities to get off the ground for tourism and hospitality establishments in remote areas.

“I encourage all roadhouses, wayside inns and caravan parks in remote locations to lodge an application.”