10 Nov 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Ooraminna Homestead will build a new kitchen that can cater for up to 500 guests and Ambalindum Station will overhaul its power supply with the help of Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grants.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the two Central Australia homestead projects were being supported under the Country Liberal Government's $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund.
"Situated about 32 kilometres south of Alice Springs, Ooaraminna Homestead has been host to many successful outback functions in the past, giving visitors a glimpse of outback life and the spectacular scenery between the Simpson Desert and the MacDonnell Ranges," he said.
"The owner now wants to grow this market and host more events such as weddings, pre and post conference dinners and award nights, but to do so she needs to upgrade the homestead's catering infrastructure.
"The homestead's owner successfully applied for a category one tourism infrastructure grant earlier this year of $26,300 for infrastructure upgrades including a new cool room and air conditioning.
"I am pleased to announce Ooraminna has also been successful in obtaining a category two tourism grant of $60,000 which will go towards building the new kitchen.
"Both these grants will help Ooramina meet demand for more conferences and events to be held at this stunning location and help build the NT's reputation for delivering quality, authentic outback experiences."
Mr Giles said Old Ambalindum Homestead, located about 135 kilometres north east of Alice Springs, would receive a $90,909 tourism grant to move their existing generator and install solar power.
"Ambalindum Station is one of the original properties settled in Central Australia in the early 1900s and features a beautiful campground, a recently renovated cottage and the old homestead," he said.
"With the assistance of this tourism grant, the generator will be moved away from the campsite and solar power installed meaning it will be quieter at the campsite while the cottage or homestead can continue to have power later into the night.
"In addition, the extra power capacity will allow the station to handle larger groups of visitors and the current shed the generator is in will be converted into a camp kitchen where visitors can prepare meals."
Mr Giles said a thriving tourism industry would help to develop our regions, boost local businesses, create more jobs and grow the Territory economy.
"The Northern Territory Government is committed to expanding the range of tourism experiences on offer in the Territory, particularly in our regional and remote areas, so we can create more jobs and drive economic development in these communities," he said.
"This is the largest Government tourism grant program in the Territory's history. It is a significant boost for the NT tourism industry that will help attract more visitors here and encourage them to stay longer."
"It's all part of the Country Liberals Government's plan to drive the development of North Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020," he said.
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