The Northern Territory Government has released the design consultancy tender for the Alice Springs National Aboriginal Art Gallery.
The project is one of the largest investments into Alice Springs in decades and is expected to provide local jobs, economic growth and social benefits.
The gallery aims to be an example of architectural excellence for national cultural institutions and an iconic building synonymous with Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and Aboriginal art.
Cultural values and perspectives will be incorporated into a contemporary design which reflects the importance of a diverse and inclusive society that recognises Aboriginal Australians and their cultural significance.
The project’s business case found that, when constructed, the gallery will bring an additional 53,000 visitors to Alice Springs every year, injecting up to $64 million into the local economy and generating up to 245 local jobs.
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Central Australia Economic Reconstruction Minister Chansey Paech said the government is looking forward to delivering the cultural icon.
“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be a world-class facility that will attract national and international visitors to Alice Springs, providing wide-ranging social benefits and opportunities for local jobs and economic growth. It is a linchpin in our plan towards revitalising the CBD,” Paech said.
The design of the gallery is planned to be complete towards the end of the year, followed by a construction tender to follow soon after.
The preferred site for the Gallery is the Anzac Hill Precinct, with land acquisition progressing.
Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister Eva Lawler said the National Aboriginal Art Gallery will create jobs during its design, construction and in operation.
“We intend to build this iconic Art Gallery at the ANZAC Hill precinct, which incorporates ANZAC Oval. The construction of the Art Gallery will open up the area for green space and community use,” Lawler said.
“We will continue to invest in quality job-creating infrastructure in Alice Springs.”
To view the tender visit https://tendersonline.nt.gov.au/