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National Aboriginal Art Gallery Business Case Released

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National Aboriginal Art Gallery Business Case Released

National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) will bring an additional 53,000 visitors each year, deliver up to $64 Million into the economy and generate up to 245 local jobs, according to an independent business case into the project released today.

“Independent case confirms what we have said all along, the National Aboriginal Art Gallery will deliver significant social, cultural and economic benefits to the town and the region over the long-term.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Lauren Moss said.

“It has the potential to be a catalyst for more private investment in the town, for greater economic returns for local business, for a revitalised CBD, for a stronger future for Arrernte people, for reconnecting young people with their culture and ensuring they are engaged in the community in a positive way.”

Prepared by Ernst and Young (EY), the business case is based on the development of a CBD-based national institution and finds that it will deliver significant social, cultural and economic benefit to Alice Springs and surrounding region. It was commissioned by the Northern Territory Government in October 2018.

Northern Territory Government has committed an initial $50 Million to the Gallery project as part of its $100 Million investment in a nationally significant Arts Trail throughout the Territory to support and grow the arts and cultural industry, and provide new and enhanced attractions for national and international visitors.

“Ernst and Young have clearly articulated why this is such an important project and the business case provides confidence to partners and stakeholders and importantly, to the Alice Springs community.” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield MLA said.

According to the key economic findings of the business case, the Gallery will bring:

  • Additional 53,000 visitors to Alice Springs each year, with visitation generating a further economic contribution of between $42.8-$64.2 Million and 164-245 jobs.
  • Direct economic contribution from Gallery employment of around $13.73 Million p.a. and up to 69 jobs once fully operational.
  • Economic contribution of between $118.6-$142.4 Million during the construction phase and up to 260 associated jobs each year over two years.

*figures represent direct and indirect output

“As co-chair of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery Reference Group, I support the independent analysis published in the business case and look forward to building a new national institution which will celebrate our country’s Indigenous visual culture, and be able to draw on our greatest existing collections of Indigenous art.” National Aboriginal Art Gallery Reference Group Dr. Gerard Vaughan AM said.

As well as economic benefit and increased visitation, the business case also finds that the Gallery will increase local employment, particularly Aboriginal training and employment, and stimulate private investment in Alice Springs and in remote community art galleries.

“Tourism Central Australia welcomes the release of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery Strategic business case.” Chairperson Tourism Central Australia Dale McIver said.

It also notes that the Gallery project addresses the current absence of a national institution to celebrate Aboriginal art and culture and that Mparntwe (Alice Springs) has a strong claim to host the Gallery on historic, geographic and artistic grounds.


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