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Aboriginal-owned businesses to receive grants for enhancing cultural tourism

The Territory Labor Government has awarded more than $220,000 in funding to support 14 projects under round two of the Aboriginal Tourism Grant program.

Eight Aboriginal owned and operated tourism businesses in the Top End will receive more than $135,500 while six businesses in Central Australia will benefit from $92,900.

“We know that visitors across Australia travel to the Northern Territory to immerse themselves in the rich cultural traditions of Aboriginal people,” said Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Natasha Fyles.

“This investment is supporting businesses in the Top End and Central Australia to enhance tourism experiences inspired by Aboriginal culture.

“The Territory Labor Government’s strong health response means tourists can visit the Top End and Central Australia with confidence.”


Grant funding will back key projects including business plans, infrastructure upgrades, bush camp facility improvements and training programs.

Saltwater Cultural Tours, based in Darwin, has been awarded a $19,500 grant to install two containers and decking for the development of cultural tours.

In Central Australia, the Menge Aboriginal Corporation has been awarded a $20,000 grant to support a concept plan for the development of a tourism connect hub and Aboriginal training facility in the heart of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

The proposed facility will include accommodation, art and education, training and environmental projects.

The Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program offers grants up to $20,000 to expand the Territory’s Aboriginal tourism offerings and support businesses to improve existing experiences, develop new products or improve the sustainability of Aboriginal owned tourism businesses.


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