A whitefish resort on a remote North Island has been given a green light to become the first privately owned property to offer residents the option to purchase a property on a public island.
Key points:The resort, Whitefish Mountain Resort, has been awarded a contract to supply public health services on a small island in the Northern TerritoryWhitefish Island Resort is a self-sufficient community with its own government, council and courtsThe resort is currently operating on a voluntary basis, meaning it is not under government ownershipThe NT Government is planning to open Whitefish Island to public in the futureThe NT government has committed to providing $1 million of funding to develop the resort, which is in its second year of operation.
Whitefish Mountain is located in the NT’s Northern Territory and offers visitors access to some of the world’s most remote and pristine natural areas.
Its first year of operating in 2018, it saw more than 2,200 visitors visiting, including more than 50 who came from around the world.
“The Northern Territory Government is keen to see the world-class resort developed and has committed $1m of funding towards this project,” NT Department of Water and Environment Chief Executive John McManus said.
“Whitefish is a truly unique opportunity to bring the people of the Northern Territories a world-first experience that is truly unparalleled.”
We are also excited to be working closely with the NT Government to ensure this project continues to grow and meet the expectations of our community and visitors alike.
“The NT Department said the Government had been in discussions with Whitefish Resort about the project since the beginning and was currently finalising the details of the contract.
The Department said Whitefish had been “extremely supportive of the NT Department’s efforts in supporting the development of this unique opportunity”.”
We believe that this opportunity is the right one for Whitefish,” the NT Minister for Environment, Tourism and Northern Territory, John Barilaro, said.
The NT’s Department of Fisheries and Primary Industries (DPI) was also a party to the deal and has been involved in the discussions with the Whitefish management company.”
In order to be fully prepared for the launch of Whitefish, the NT government and DPI have already identified significant steps to ensure the project will meet its objectives and deliver its vision,” the DPI said in a statement.”
It is important to note that this is not the first time that the NT has signed a contract with Whitefishes management company.
“Whitefish, which will operate as a privately owned company, will operate on the island in two phases, with two to three public-use buildings.
The first phase, which begins in 2022, will involve the establishment of the town’s administration, the establishment and administration of a community-based health service, and the provision of public health education, health promotion, and education on sustainability.
The second phase, set to be completed by 2025, will see the resort provide a community based health service that includes health, education and recreation programs.
It is hoped the development will be “a truly community-led, self-sustaining and sustainable resort”, according to Whitefish CEO Peter Lapp.”
There will be no government involvement and there will be little regulation,” Mr Lapp said.
Mr Lapp also confirmed that the resort would have its own courts, community services, and parks.
He said the resort’s main focus was on providing visitors with the best possible experience.”
Our goal is to provide visitors with an outstanding experience and to be an outstanding resort,” he said.
Whitefish has been operating on the small island since 2016.
It was established as a self sucessor in 2016 with the purchase of a 20-hectare parcel of land from the Northern Trust.
The deal was signed when the NT Corporation agreed to buy the land from a private owner, who was unable to buy it due to the Northern Australian Government’s “substantial financial requirements” for infrastructure.”
This will be the first of many Whitefish projects in the Territory,” Mr Barilari said.
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