One of the Territory’s most successful businessmen is believed to be keen to build a tourist-resort style hotel in Katherine.
It is believed plans have been lodged with the NT Government to build the hotel on the old Sports and Recreation Club grounds in Giles Street.
While nothing has been approved yet, Katherine Times understands John 'Foxy' Robinson has put a proposal to the NT Government.
Katherine Mayor Fay Miller said council supports the project.
“Foxy made an announcement sometime last week, he is in the process of getting plans together and he has made that public,” Mayor Miller said.
“There were some reports that there was too much red tape and it was too difficult to go ahead with the plans. I mean he wanted to start this 12 months ago.
“But he did announce he is definitely planning to construct a hotel here, I am very happy about that,” she said.
“I strongly support anyone who wants to make significant investment in our tourism industry.”
Mr Robinson did not wish to comment.
The Katherine Sports and Recreation Club shut down two years ago, after becoming insolvent.
The board closed the doors of the club blaming poor governance and a decline in patronage.
The speedy decline in almost $500,000 in cash reserves over four years was also questioned amid speculation and rumour about missing money from the club.
Katherine Times understands Mr Robinson is now planning on clearing the two hectare site to erect a hotel.
Mr Robinson is a true “rags to riches” businessman, the former Katherine landscaper is now a successful accommodation magnate.
His company Trepang Services, specialise in long and short-term accommodation for large groups, fly in fly out workforces and government personnel.
Katherine MLA Sandra Nelson said Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Sports and Recreation Club were well advertised.
“The EOI period closed on June 27 2017 however, no proposals were received, despite a number of parties registering interest,” Ms Nelson said.
“In line with the Release of Crown Land Policy, direct sale applications and community land grant applications can now be accepted since a public competitive process for release has been completed.
“I understand that the department is continuing to engage with the interested parties to inform them of these processes and maintain the site until further options are determined,” she said.
The ultimate goal is to ensure the best use of the site and potential future development outcomes.
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