A concept tourism lodge tucked into a spectacular section of remote Central Australia could soon become a reality.

An Expression of Interest to develop a parcel of land known as Lhilpa or “Red Mallee”, 140km west of Alice Springs, will be released at a North Australia Investment Forum in Darwin next week.

The 190,000sq m parcel of land sits adjacent the West MacDonnell Ranges, perched on top of a ridge with breathtaking views over the Palm Valley catchment. The new plan has been conceived jointly by the NT Government and traditional owners.

 Concept image from a proposed nature tourism lodge overlooking Palm Valley.
Concept image from a proposed nature tourism lodge overlooking Palm Valley.

Central Land Council director David Ross congratulated traditional owners for taking the initiative to develop tourism enterprises on Aboriginal freehold land.

“I hope this process will deliver quality expressions of interest from businesses with the capacity of partnering with them on equal terms,” Mr Ross said. “I also hope it will put to rest the myth that land tenure is a barrier to economic development.” Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Red Mallee lodge was “a golden opportunity not to be missed”.

“The proposed resort would be environmentally responsible and a nature-based development while still delivering exceptional standards of comfort and style,” Mr Giles said.

“It would also be located on the culturally significant country of the Western Arrente traditional owners who look forward to welcoming more visitors to their land and sharing their stories.

“The site has the potential to be turned into a spectacular resort with potential concepts ranging from the highest-calibre similar to Longitude 131 at Uluru to a more accessible but still exclusive offering.”

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