Luxury hotel remains under consideration

Source: Northern Territory Government - www.newsroom.nt.gov.au

25 July 2016

The Northern Territory Government has narrowed the field of proponents to develop a possible luxury hotel in Darwin.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said Cabinet today decided to exclude two proponents from the next phase of the process.

Mr Giles said the Government will shortly enter into a “Deed for Exclusive Negotiations” to finalise commercial terms for the potential development at Darwin’s Waterfront.

“At my suggestion, Cabinet agreed that Jervois Park will not be included as part of any development,” Mr Giles said.

“This will satisfy the concerns of the Deckchair Cinema.

“We’ll negotiate on the former Toga land with the third proponent, which is the Landbridge Infrastructure Group.

“It’s important to note that if the Government does decide to proceed, any proposed development will have to go through the normal planning process and there will be further community consultation.”

Mr Giles said Cabinet will consider within the next two weeks whether to proceed.

He said the Government is keen to address demand for a higher standard of accommodation in Darwin.

“Our vision is for a vibrant, integrated development of world-class standard, which will deliver luxury accommodation offerings not previously seen in Darwin,” he said.

“A luxury hotel of international standard is seen as an enabler for the Northern Territory economy.

“It has the potential to fill a gap in demand for luxury business and recreational visitor accommodation, attract more tourists and develop the city’s reputation as a high-end business events destination.”

Mr Giles said the Government wished to minimise any cost to taxpayers.

The evaluation was undertaken in accordance with fully transparent evaluation criteria set out in the Request for Proposal documentation provided to all short-listed proponents.

The evaluation process was overseen by an independent probity advisor.

 

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