Roadhouse to Recovery recipients
A total of 35 remote roadhouses, wayside inns and caravan parks across the Territory will receive almost $4 million to upgrade their facilities.
The renovations are funded by the Roadhouse to Recovery grants, which help businesses improve infrastructure and visitor experience, for the Territory’s booming drive tourism market.
In the Top End, 21 businesses received grants, with the government funding more than $2.4 million for the projects. The businesses respectively chipped in an additional $2.5 million.
In Central Australia, there were 14 successful applicants, who together contributed more than $900,000. The government contributed $1.5 million for the upgrades.
The Roadhouse to Recovery grant was announced as part of the November 2020 Budget.
It offered individual roadhouses and wayside inns grants of up to $150,000 to upgrade facilities. To be eligible, operators were required to make a cash-contribution. For each $1 invested by the operator, the government contributed $3.
The grant is designed to capitalise on the Territory’s drive tourism market, and improve regional services for travellers in the Northern Territory (NT).
COVID-19 has seen a significant reduction in international tourism in favour of drive tourism, and the government believes the trend will continue in 2021, with huge numbers of Territorians and Australians expected to explore the natural wonders of the NT.
For more information, go to the Tourism NT website.