$8 million upgrade to Gove Peninsula set to increase East Arnhem tourism

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An Aboriginal-organisation, Gumatj Corporation Limited, will play a key role in an $8 million investment to improve marine and landside infrastructure at the Gove Port tourism precinct to enable growth in the East Arnhem region.

The Australian Government through funding to Gumatj via the Aboriginals Benefit Account ($4.5 million), the Northern Territory Government ($1.5 million) via funding to Developing East Arnhem Limited (DEAL), and a further contribution from DEAL ($2 million) are co-funding the project to provide a range of major improvements to the precinct at Inverell Bay.

The works will include a new breakwater with vehicle and pedestrian access, and a new floating jetty to provide access for larger commercial and recreational vessels.

There will also be new land infrastructure developed including upgrades to parking, a new ablution block and shade structures, enhancing the overall visitor experience.

The works, anticipated to be complete by the end of 2023, will support existing tourism and marine operators, including local Yolŋu tourism operators, while providing further incentives for additional businesses to grow in East Arnhem.

The new facilities will help support North East Arnhem Land build a prosperous future and is helping Traditional Owners to realise their aspirations, while strengthening the economic and social outlook for residents across the region. Local Yolŋu businesses will have the opportunity to participate in the delivery of the project and the construction works are expected to provide local Aboriginal employment and skills development. The tenders for the construction will be released before the end of 2022 and will be split into 3 packages to maximise opportunities for local Aboriginal businesses to be involved.

This project has included several years of planning, with both governments working in partnership with local stakeholders, enterprises and industry bodies to ensure the project delivers practical upgrades that meet the community’s needs.

Once the upgrades are complete, the Gove Boat Club will be responsible for operation of the new facilities, with support and collaboration with the Ŋarrariyal Aboriginal Corporation, Gumatj Corporation, DEAL and the Northern Territory Government.

Aerial view of refinery on Gove Peninsula

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