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Rising costs impact plans for Darwin waterpark

Rising costs impact plans for Darwin waterpark
May 11, 2018

The Northern Territory Government’s plans to attract private sector investors to develop an international standard  waterpark in Darwin has been hit by a threefold rise in costs.

When the plan to build a “Bali-style waterpark” was announced by Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner in April last year, it came with a pledge of $500,000 of public money for a feasibility study.

However, budget documents show the cost this financial year blew out to $575,000 with a further $1.15 million to be injected into the project in 2018/19

Chief Minister Gunner defended the waterpark plan in Parliament last week, saying it would help make Darwin a destination in its own right, rather than a gateway to other attractions.

He advised “we believe there is a business case for this.

“We think this is going to be a fantastic opportunity for Darwin and the NT and we think this is something that will drive significant visitor numbers to Darwin.”

A Government spokesman said the extra money allocated next financial year would be spent in part on project management and legal and contract services.

A long anticipated on the next stage of the waterpark project is expected shortly.

Image: Artists impression of the planned water theme park.

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