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Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

MORE than a dozen local tourism busi­nesses through­out the Ter­ri­tory have re­ceived grants to­talling nearly $500,000, in­clud­ing a Dar­win party bike pro­posal and an Alice Springs brew­ery.

The 17 re­cip­i­ents will share in a to­tal of $498,052.50 in NT Govern­ment fund­ing for projects in the Nhu­lun­buy, Dar­win, Kather­ine, Ten­nant Creek and Alice Springs re­gions.

The cash is aimed at sup­port­ing the Ter­ri­tory’s tourism op­er­a­tors to bounce back from the im­pacts of the Aus­tralian bush­fires and coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Un­der the deal, the ap­pli­cants will be re­quired to pro­vide a match­ing co­con­tri­bu­tion and en­sure projects are com­pleted by the end of the year.

Re­gional projects funded un­der the pro­gram in­clude a new camp­ground kitchen for the Gove Boat Club’s Many­imi camp­ground and a new bak­ery at the Mataranka Road­house which will ser­vice local mar­kets in the area.

Cullen Bay busi­ness Mini Melts NT has also re­ceived fund­ing to de­velop Cheekies Party Bike, a multi-pas­sen­ger, hu­man-pow­ered, elec­tric bat­tery as­sisted bi­cy­cle for up to 15 peo­ple to en­joy re­fresh­ments on as they tour the sites of Dar­win.

Fur­ther south, Ten­nant Creek’s Top of Town Cafe will de­velop an out­door and even­ing din­ing/func­tion area and en­ter­tain­ment space while Alice Springs Brew­ing Com­pany will es­tab­lish a new brew­ing area to ac­com­mo­date tours for vis­i­tors.

Tourism Min­is­ter Lauren Moss said the govern­ment was “sup­port­ing local busi­ness through the un­prece­dented sit­u­a­tion we are cur­rently fac­ing”.

“With the travel re­stric­tions as they stand and the im­pact they are hav­ing on our tourism in­dus­try, it’s more im­por­tant than ever for the Ter­ri­tory to de­velop new vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences that di­ver­sify the tourism of­fer­ing in the re­gion, while pro­vid­ing much needed sup­port,” she said.

“Our $2 mil­lion Im­me­di­ate Tourism Re­silience Plan is a mul­ti­fac­eted ap­proach that aims to min­imise the im­pact to NT op­er­a­tors and the vis­i­tor econ­omy.

“Ini­tia­tives like the New Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gram will help our tourism op­er­a­tors to bounce back and be ready to wel­come both Ter­ri­to­ri­ans and vis­i­tors once they are able to.”

Pic­ture: CHLOE ER­LICH

Alice Springs Brew­ing Co has re­ceived fund­ing to set up a new brew­ing area and of­fer tours for vis­i­tors

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