It was announced today that funding for the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery would be provided under a City Deal for Adelaide and a further $30m was announced for an International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism, also at Lot Fourteen.
Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Minister Alan Tudge said funding for both projects is part of the $129m Adelaide City Deal to boost the cultural economy of Adelaide’s world-renowned arts, food and cultural scene.
The deal also includes $9m towards construction of The Heysens art gallery at Hahndorf, $3m to build a new visitor centre at Carrick Hill and $2m towards smart technology for walking trails in gardens and national park tourism sites.
Minister Tudge said the projects would boost the cultural economy of South Australia and drive tourist visitation.
Adelaide attracted more than 2.8 million domestic visitors in 2018, contributing $2.3 billion to the local visitor economy. In the same year 412,000 international visitors came to Adelaide, spending $1.1 billion.
Premier Steven Marshall said the funding injection from the federal government would help realise the state government’s vision for Lot Fourteen as an innovative hub that would generate jobs for generations to come.
The Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery will recognise and celebrate the world’s oldest continuing culture and will be designed as an international attraction to drive year-round cultural tourism to Adelaide.
The role of Indigenous groups in the scoping, design, and operation of the gallery will be deeply embedded, recognising the importance of ongoing indigenous stewardship for the success of the gallery.
The International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism at Lot Fourteen will support the continuing fast growth of Adelaide’s world-class food, wine and hospitality sectors and create a pool of suitably qualified local and international graduates. It will also enable the education and training sector to connect with the innovation and advanced technology businesses and organisations at Lot Fourteen.