The Northern Territory government will look to boost tourism and create jobs with the development of an international-standard water theme park in Darwin.
Initial plans emerged last year as part of a $100 million investment in revitalising the Darwin CBD.
Stokes Hill Wharf has been sounded out as the preferred site for the project and the local government has called for expressions of interest from the private sector.
The development will also include public walkways proving uninterrupted public foreshore access.
“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,” said Chief Minister, Michael Gunner.
The government will allocate a further $1.7 million to support delivery of the project.
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The plans mark a tourism and jobs push for the Northern Territory coinciding with the larger ambition of turning Darwin into a world-class "tourism mecca", reflecting its status as the Capital of Northern Australia.
“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,” said Gunner.
Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association president Elena Gomatos welcomed the announcement saying its location and cost will be the key.
“It will bring people to the city if it takes on Bali’s Waterbom-style park and it is great we are seeing this type of tourism infrastructure being encouraged but for locals, if there is a cost, it might be a once a year thing.”
Just recently, the Northern Territory Labor government awarded two major tenders for the $40 million Barneson Boulevard project and a $2.7 million heat mitigation shade structure on Cavenagh Street.