Monday, June 24, 2024

Final tender released for NT tourism precinct

The Northern Territory Government has released the final construction tender to upgrade marine and landside facilities at the Gunyangara Tourism Precinct.

The Government says new marine facilities will enable ongoing maintenance by local businesses in Nhulunbuy, while the floating pontoon is detachable so it can be removed and stored safely in preparation for a cyclone.

Chief Minister and Minister for Territory Development, Eva Lawler said the upgrades will provide better facilities for recreational users, charter vessels, small cruise ship operators and other marine operators as well as opportunities to maximise local and Indigenous participation and support regional growth.

“The Territory Labor Government is ensuring all regions of the Territory grow and prosper, we want East Arnhem Land and the Gove Peninsula to have a strong economic future.”

“We need to diversify the opportunities available in the region and work to grow the tourism and maritime industries, as well as highlight the natural resources and strong cultural community already in place. 

“These upgrades will bring visitation and investment to a new level, creating more local jobs, Aboriginal engagement and a stronger Territory economy,” the Chief Minister said.

The tender includes:

  • new extended rock groyne that vehicles and pedestrians can access
  • careening facilities that vessels can dock alongside for maintenance
  • floating pontoon extending out from the groyne
  • washdown bay
  • car park upgrades
  • entry structure. 

It is the third package of works for the $9 million Gunyangara (Gove Port) Tourism Precinct project, which the Government says will bolster marine and landside facilities for vessels to dock to enable more visitors to explore the region’s natural beauty and rich cultural history.

Local Indigenous Business Enterprise Deltareef completed the first package of early works for this project in 2022 to secure an area of significance in the car park on the site adjacent to the Gove Boat Club.

Deltareef also completed a $1.4 million package of works that included constructing toilet facilities, shade and seating to provide additional amenities and comfort for visitors and users. 

The Precinct is being jointly funded by the Australian Government through the Aboriginals Benefit Account to the Gumatj Corporation, the Northern Territory Government and Developing East Arnhem Limited.

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