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Millions pledged to expand Tennant Creek short-stay centre

Callan Morse -

The Northern Territory government has committed $5.8 million in its 2023 budget to expand short-stay accommodation in Tennant Creek.

The investment boosts the scope of the Tennant Creek Visitor Park as part of the Barkly Regional Deal.

The deal will see the Visitor Park respond to the demand for more short-term, affordable accommodation for people travelling to Tennant Creek for cultural, health or social reasons.

In combination with the Federal Government's commitment of $5 million, the $10.8 million project will increase capacity and enhance facilities at the park, which is located on the corner of Leichhardt Street and Udall Road.

The Visitor Park will comprise different types of accommodation including open, grassed camping areas with large, covered shelters for swags and cabins.

Once complete, it will provide safe, secure and alcohol-free accommodation for visitors to Tennant Creek from remote Aboriginal communities and outstations.

Northern Territory Minister for Housing and Homeland Selena Uibo said the upgraded facility will cater for Territorians who regularly travel through Tenant Creek to access services or for social purposes.

"Tennant Creek is a major hub for visitors who pass through to see family and access services," Minister Uibo said.

"This facility will provide safe and comfortable short-stay accommodation for those travelling through the region."

The Tennant Creek Visitor Park project is being guided by the Barkly Regional Deal Visitor Park Working Group, who selected the site, set the design principles and have begun developing the service delivery elements.

Territory-based company Ashford Group Pty Ltd were awarded the design tender in November 2022, with remediation land works are currently underway.

An additional subdivision contract is also planned for June 2023.

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