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Funding for four NT Tourism development projects.

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Media Release The Hon Fran Bailey, MP

26 October 2005

FUNDING FOR FOUR NT TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS Australian Adventure Tours and Djabulukgu Association has each received a $100,000 grant to develop safari camps in the Top End to attract more visitors to experience Aboriginal culture, nature and wildlife in the region, two of four Northern Territory projects receiving funding totalling $350,920 today.

“Accommodation of this type offers visitors a different Territory experience to a hotel room,” Fran Bailey, the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, said.

“The projects will lead to new jobs directly as well as generating significant flow on benefits to the region through increased tourist numbers.”

AAT will construct their three camps in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and Kings Canyon. Djabulukgu Association will construct eight customised safari tents at Hawk Dreaming at Cannon Hill in Kakadu.

“The Djabulukgu project will significantly contribute to tourism in the Kakadu Western Arnhem Region since it will provide exceptional new cultural and environmental experiences,” Fran Bailey said.

“These grants are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting innovative tourism projects to help stimulate the domestic tourism industry and attract more international tourists to our shores.”

The other Northern Territory projects funded today are:

z the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, which has received a $95,000 grant to build a fossil cave to

display prehistoric reptilian fauna from the Jurassic period.

z General Wholesalers Services in Annaburro, with a $55,920 grant for upgrading cabin facilities

and the caravan park at Mary River Park.

This funding has been granted under the second round of the Australian Government’s $31 million Australian Tourism Development Program which promotes innovative tourism projects and supports tourism development in regional and rural Australia.

Media contact: Kevin Lowe, 0408 404 468