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Northern Territory Government announces EOI for Darwin waterpark

Northern Territory Government announces EOI for Darwin waterpark
May 22, 2018

The Northern Territory Government has released a preferred site nominated and Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the development of major waterpark in central Darwin.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the water theme park will be a world-class tourist attraction that unlocks further private investment and is great fun for locals.

Pico Play, who were engaged by Government to do a detailed business case for the water theme park late last year, found it to be commercially attractive for a private sector investor to build, own and operate.

The Northern Territory Government will now seek EOI's from developers and has nominated a site option in Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf area.

Announcing the next step in the project, Chief Minister Gunner advised “my Government’s number priority is creating local jobs and facilitating exciting private sector projects like this water theme park will do that.

“This was highlighted during our Economic Summits and this is why we must continue to leverage private sector investment.

“Done well, an international standard water theme park will encourage tourists to visit the Territory and stay longer, as well as improve the liveability of Darwin for locals.”

Chief Minister Gunner said the Darwin waterpark is part of a comprehensive $100 million plan to revitalise Darwin CBD advising that he is talks with the Federal Government to match this funding in a Cities Deal is progressing well.

He added “we are not waiting – we are getting on with revitalising Darwin CBD. By investing in social and tourism infrastructure we will grow the Territory’s population, boosting the economy and creating jobs “The Darwin water theme park is another piece of our wider plans to boost our business and tourism assets while creating substantial employment opportunities for locals.

“This new development on the Stokes Hill Waterfront will improve the existing waterfront precinct, which is another project delivered by a Labor Government.”

The EOI outlines that the attraction could include: entertainment precincts; public open space; recreational activities; accommodation options; food and retail outlets; and other unique offerings or ideas put forward by the successful proponent.

The development will also include public walkways proving uninterrupted public foreshore access.

Chief Minister Gunner also advised that the Northern Territory Government invested $500,000 in Budget 2017 for the feasibility study, and is allocating an additional $1.725 million in 2018/19 to support the delivery of the project through a competitive process.

The EOI will close on 22nd August 2018.

For more info go to business.nt.gov.au/waterpark

Images: Artists impressions of the planned water theme park.

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