The Territory Labor Government understands the importance of investing in Territory towns to create jobs and grow our economy.
Part of this is the fulfilment of an election commitment to showcase Tennant Creek via iconic entrance statements into the historic town – and residents now have an opportunity to provide input into just how they want these structures to look.
Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy said creating a vibrant community for locals and visitors to enjoy is an important part of the Government’s revitalisation strategy.
“Tennant Creek residents are proud of their community, so it’s fantastic to see this project come to fruition,” he said.
“Entry statements will help foster a sense of pride in the community and provide visitors and tourists with extra incentive to explore what the town has to offer.
“There are two options to choose from, and feedback on social media so far has been terrific, with more than five and a half thousand views so far.
“I really encourage everyone in the greater Barkly area to have their say on this important piece of tourism infrastructure for our frontier town.”
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the $2 million investment from Budget 2017 will help foster and promote an even greater sense of pride in the community
“We have established a project reference group to guide the project, consider ideas and designs for the structure and incorporate community feedback,” she said.
“The two options showcase the attributes of the Barkly, emphasise its cultural significance and heritage value, and provide visitors and tourists with extra incentive to explore what Tennant Creek has to offer.
“We know tourism makes a major contribution to the economy of the Tennant Creek region and an average of 99,000 visitors stay an average of 259,000 nights in the area, resulting in $53 million being injected into the local economy per year,” Minister Moss said.
Territorians can view the concepts and have their say by:
- Visiting the display at Tennant Creek Food Barn anytime until December 8 and placing suggestions in the mailbox
- Visiting a display at the Tennant Creek markets at the Transit Centre on Saturday December 2 between 8am and 11.30am
- Logging onto our Facebook page www.facebook.com/NT.DIPL and leaving your comments
- Emailing us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org