Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Eco domes to attract visitors to Alice Springs

Eco domes to attract visitors to Alice Springs
December 17, 2014

Aiming to highlight best-practice solutions in sustainable living, two new specialised ‘eco domes’ are to be built at the Earth Sanctuary in Alice Springs next year.

Backed by $40,000 from the the Northern Territory Government, the development aims to tap into demand from the growing educational tourism niche market while showcasing solutions in sustainable living.

Announcing the funding, Northern Territory Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan stated “Earth Sanctuary is a 2014 Brolga Award Winner and a leader in its field, particularly in its programs with school groups and this funding will only help it grow even further.”

Minister Conlan added that the Territory Government was committed to growing the range of tourism products on offer to visitors and these upgrades will enhance the variety of experiences on offer in Central Australia.

The project will see two geodesic eco dome education facilities constructed at the site as well as a greenhouse dome for horticulture. A new interpretative nature walk will also be built.

As part of this new project, the Sanctuary also plans to engage a consultancy to implement its programs into the National Curriculum.

Commenting on this, Minister Conlan added “this will allow it to capitalise on the education market, which is a growing tourism market, and position the Earth Sanctuary and Alice Springs as a must-visit destination for touring school groups and other education organisations.”

Earth Sanctuary is a family-run business situated just south of Alice Springs on 40 hectares of desert wilderness overlooking the East MacDonnell Ranges. A carbon neutral venue, it offers day and evening tours focused on ecology, astronomy and culture, including its signature ‘Spirit of the Outback’ dinner and show. It also has tour-based overnight camping facilities.

Earth Sanctuary Director Tom Falzon said that the business had built a reputation for quality in sustainable education tours and programs.

Falzon stated “this funding will only improve what is already a successful business. As sustainable tourism continues to emerge as key feature of today’s tourism market, Earth Sanctuary’s edge as a ‘green’ venue is a point of difference that assists significantly in the business’ marketing plan.”

The Earth Sanctuary project is part of $ 1.3 million in tourism infrastructure and development funding being allocated by the Northern Territory and Federal Governments.

The new facilities are expected to be completed in April 2015.

Click here for more information.

4th October 2014 - GEOTOURISM PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA 

16th April 2014 - TRADITIONAL OWNERS UNCERTAIN ON TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AROUND SACRED SITES AND NATIONAL PARKS

7th February 2014 - PRIVATE INVESTMENT TO BE SOUGHT FOR RESORTS IN NORTHERN TERRITORY NATIONAL PARKS

28th March 2012 - INAUGURAL INDIGENOUS TOURISM CONFERENCE STARTS

22nd March 2012 - NEW NATIONAL PARK FOR NORTHERN TERRITORY


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PAYSMART

Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business