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The GNWT would like to sell you an air terminal. On Facebook. For $100.


The Government of the Northwest Territories is selling an air terminal – and all you need is $100. (And a means of getting an entire building from Sachs Harbour Airport to wherever you want it.)

As Facebook advertisements go, it's an eye-catcher. The NWT government's Department of Infrastructure is running an ad for the now-disused Sachs Harbour air terminal building.

The ad, which comes with a few photos of the building, says the territory is happy to sell for $100. "First come, first served," the advertisement states.

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The department on Friday confirmed the ad's authenticity.

Originally built in 1981, Sachs Harbour Airport's old, wood-framed terminal building was renovated in 1997. A newer building replaced it in 2011.

It's approximately 80 square metres in size.

"This building has been identified as surplus, and is being disposed of according to the Disposal of Goods Policy," said a Department of Infrastructure spokesperson.

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"As part of the disposals process, the building is offered to the general public. The air terminal building has been replaced and the old building must be removed from site. We would ideally like to see it re-purposed in the community."

The department said it's not the first time a geo-targeted Facebook ad has been used to sell surplus government property.

"They can be an effective way of reaching out to community members, particularly in remote communities," the spokesperson continued.

A screenshot shows a Department of Infrastructure Facebook ad

"We have had success in the past with similar Facebook advertisements. For example, earlier this year we successfully sold a building and had it removed from a property through the use of a Facebook advertisement."

As of Friday, the building remained available. If you purchase it, it's your job to go and collect it – the old terminal has to be removed from its current location.

Anybody interested should contact Nefertiti Baker at the Department of Infrastructure.

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