By ERWIN CHLANDA
The bones that are going to “revitalise” the CBD have just gone up in price by a factor of almost three.
Government handout, December 1, 2017: Local Alice Springs construction company Scope Building has been awarded the $1.5m contract to fit-out of the exhibition space for the creation of the Megafauna Display Centre in the Todd Street Mall that will showcase Central Australia’s unique fossil heritage.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said this important program of works was part of the Territory Labor Government’s $20 million revitalisation of the Alice Springs CBD.
Government handout, April 24, 2018: Work is underway on the Territory Labor Government’s $4.26m investment to relocate and display the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory palaeontology collection in the Alice Springs CBD.
Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech said the display will support the revitalisation of the Alice Springs CBD, offer a new and exciting drawcard for tourists and provide a boost to local jobs.
As the lady with the red hair would be saying: “Please explain.”
IMAGE from the NT Government.
UPDATE 1:46pm April 26:
The Department of Tourism and Culture provided the following information:
The total budget allocation to support the Alcoota Megafauna project is $4.565m.
$2.765m to establish the Alcoota Megafauna Fossil Exhibition in Alice Springs which includes funding for operations and lease arrangements.
$1.5m for the capital works project in 2017-18 associated with the fit out of the exhibition, subsequently increased by $0.3 million for total fit of$1.8m.
Bones are going sky high
By ERWIN CHLANDA