THE Northern Territory Government will soon call for expressions of interest from the private sector for the development of a prime block of commercial land on Whittaker Street in Alice Springs, which could become a hotel and tourism precinct.
"My Government is committed to releasing land across the Territory for residential and commercial development to generate jobs and stimulate the economy," Chief Minister Adam Giles said.
"This potential new development in Whittaker Street is an exciting opportunity to breathe new life into Alice Springs, including a new railway station to bring tourists into the centre of town."
The government has released early concept designs showing what the mixed-use project could look like. This early vision includes a hotel and tourism precinct, residential accommodation, restaurants, commercial and retail space and even a planetarium.
"We are keen to hear what developers might be interested in this property and what ideas they have for this prime real estate," Mr Giles said.
"We have an open mind about the form this project could ultimately take, but it certainly presents a chance to transform a key site right in the heart of Alice and I look forward to seeing what options are proposed."
The project is being led by the Territory Government but the parcel is made up of a combination of land owned by the government and land owned by Genesee & Wyoming along the rail corridor.
"We want to work in partnership with the private sector to try and get this project off the ground. By collaborating with the adjacent land owner, Genesee & Wyoming, the development potential of the site is greatly enhanced," Mr Giles said.
Expressions of interest for the project open on Friday 12 December and are open to both local and interstate developers with the capacity to deliver a project of this size. The EOI will remain open for 10 weeks.
Assessment of submissions will begin immediately after and will involve Genesee & Wyoming Australia.