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Tenders open to turbocharge NT tourism

Four new Queensland projects worth more than $2 billion combined have declared as Priority Projects by Infrastructure Australia.

The Northern Territory Government has released a tender for the construction of campsites and access roads, as part of its $17.5 million Turbocharging Tourism project.

The Litchfield Central Valley project aims to open up new camping and swimming spots in Litchfield, to enhance visitor experiences and create local jobs.

Upgrading the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves is part of the its preparation to reopen when the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

The tender for the next stage of works will see the construction of a four-wheel-drive access track, 10 campsites within the northern campgrounds, toilets, an information centre and two loop roads.

Local firm Aldebaran Contracting is currently contracted to complete stage one of the project and is anticipated to finish works on the 18 kilometres of access road within the next month.

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The tender for the last stage of works to construct the remaining campgrounds, day-use and recreation areas is anticipated to be released in July 2020.

NT Tourism, Sport and Culture Minister Lauren Moss said the Territory Government’s $17.5 million investment into Litchfield National Park will strengthen the park’s position as a premier tourist destination for adventure seekers.

“Making sure our assets are maintained and enticing will also encourage Territorians to explore their own backyard,” Moss said.

“Our national parks are a huge drawcard and by opening up more swimming spots, campsites and walking trails we can help relieve overcrowding at the park, especially during the peak season.

“These campsites will open up new areas of Litchfield to more locals and visitors while still ensuring they get to experience the park’s beauty at its best.”

NT Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister Eva Lawler said the Territory Labor Government is making sure there are jobs for Territorians, especially during this challenging time, through a continuous pipeline of work.

“A number of jobs will be coming out of the Litchfield Central Valley project, with local Territory businesses having the opportunity to tender for this package now and next stage of works in July 2020.”

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