Business bulletin - 24 August 2017

Darwin CBD looks to the future

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Territorians have been given their first look at how Darwin’s city centre could be transformed into a tropical, world renowned destination.

A fly-through concept video has been released, showing how Darwin City’s centre could be revitalised into a cooler, more pedestrian friendly place that links the Waterfront to Cullen Bay.

It also showcases possibilities for key locations around the city including Myilly Point, State Square, The Mall and Smith Street.

The NT Government has put $100 million to begin the process of rejuvenating the CBD. The first of the funding will kick in this financial year to begin the rebuild of States Square.

Other major transformative projects for the CBD include moving university students into the city and building a new museum at the Old Hospital Site.

The NT Government have entered into an agreement with the Australian Government to work together to create a city that will drive investment, create jobs and boost tourism.

This fly-through video now provides the basis for community and stakeholder feedback as we work towards a city deal that will help create a new look Darwin CBD.

A comprehensive consultation period will be held in the coming weeks so people can provide their feedback on the concept design.

Closing date for feedback is 14 September 2017, and people wanting to have their say can do so on the Darwin City Deal website

The Darwin City Deal initiative is a joint project between the NT Government, the City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University.

A remote solution

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IT entrepreneur Edan Baxter has again proved that Territorians think outside the box to tackle the challenges of living in a harsh environment.

Within just 48 hours, his team developed an app to help make it easier for people travelling to remote communities in the NT.

His invention was one of the standout projects at GovHack, a challenge to unlock the potential of government-owned data.

GovHack, which brings people together to collaborate and apply their creative skills to unlock the potential of data, innovation and entrepreneurism, was held in the Territory for the first time in July.

Edan, who owns Alice-based app development and web design company Spinifex Valley, linked up with a handful of other big thinkers to develop NT Bush Travel Companion in double-quick time.

“Internet connectivity in major population centres in the Territory is fine, but it doesn’t exist as soon as you’re 20 minutes out of town,” he said.

The more remote the location, the worse the problem.

Edan and his team came up with a way to store internet information - everything from directions to local languages - to be accessed by mobile phone when the internet died.

BushTel.nt.gov.au is the datasource for key information about remote communities, including meta, MP3 translations, GPS coordinates, lot data and essential service provider links.

One resource, SLAP MAPS, a PDF document collection of maps and key data of hundreds of the NT's remote communities, is particularly important.

Edan set out to create a simple, useful companion app to the BushTel resources that would store key data items for offline use.

He said the stored information could be used by tourists or government public servants.

There was a major underlying reason for the concept - to show that the NT Government’s open data could be used to make the NT a better place to live.

Unlocking a new career through training and art

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NT Training Award finalist Karen Rogers didn’t start painting until she was 46.

“My gran passed away and that brought back memories of me watching her paint when I was a little kid. I decided to give it a go.

“Now I absolutely love it.”

Karen is a finalist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, part of the NT Training Awards staged by the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

She completed a Certificate IV in Visual Arts at the Batchelor Institute.

Karen was a payroll officer with a local government council when she told one of the Batchelor lecturers, Jackie Fleet, that she was “too old” to take up art.

“She said, ‘Rubbish - you’re never old for anything’. I’m so glad I listened to her.”

Karen, who has five children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild, is employed by the Ngukurr Aboriginal Art Centre in Arnhem Land.

“I do printing, lino printing, painting … anything. I enjoy it all.”

Karen is excited by the way digital technology is giving Aboriginal artists the opportunity to sell their work around the world.

Other finalists for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year are Rhiannon Francis of the Department of Human Services, whose registered training provider is the Canberra Institute of Technology, and Lloyd Mitjpadada of the East Arnhem Regional Council, whose training provider is Charles Darwin University.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Darwin Convention Centre on 23 September 2017.

To purchase your ticket go to eventbrite.com.au

View the full list of 2017 NT Training Awards finalists.

AICD NFP scholarships now available

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Thirty scholarships are available for directors of Territory not-for-profit organisations to develop their career and hone their skills in governance policy and procedures.

The scholarships are in addition to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) recently launched Not-For-Profit Scholarship Program across Australia.

The Northern Territory Government have funded the additional 30 scholarships on offer, and are working in partnership with AICD to make a positive impact on the local community through governance education, director development and advocacy.

These fully-funded scholarship are for attendance at AICD’s one and a half day program, Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors.

The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of performance related roles and responsibilities for directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, financial performance and strategy.

AICD Members and Directors Manager NT, Terri-Ann Maney said, “this is a great opportunity for not-for-profit organisations who would otherwise be unable to attend governance education programs due to financial constraints.”

“The scholarships are suitable for directors of not-for-profit companies and community organisations who are involved in the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout and the NT Governments remote housing program, Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes.

“Executives accepting their first directorship, those considering accepting directorship and executives who report directly to a board are also encouraged to apply.”

The first session will be held in Darwin on 17-18 October 2017.

Applications are now open and close on 22 September, download the application form

For more information or to apply please go to the Australian Institute of Company Directors website

Moving in the right direction

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Small Business Champion Teresa Holdsworth

Teresa Holdsworth sees herself as a ‘conduit’ for the business world.

She is a Small Business Champion based in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula.

Teresa and her colleague Anne Pearce, who work for the NT Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, support businesses across East Arnhem Land.

It about helping new and existing businesses find where they can access support to grow and prosper.

That support ranges from assessing business performance, investigating and developing workforce strategies and growth plans, to helping businesses with opportunities in government procurement.

Teresa spends time speaking with small businesses and finding out more about the business and the million dollar question: what keeps you awake at night?

She then sets about pointing them in the direction of finding the right help for their particular issue

“It feels like I direct traffic. My role is to get people going in the right direction so that they can find a solution to their business challenges.

“It might be finding the right people for them to talk to or even something as simple as pointing out the right website.”

Teresa has been doing the job for just under two years. She has supported local businesses through the challenges of Gove refinery curtailment and continues to support the region through its remarkable recovery as it continues to build a sustainable and diverse economy.

“The Gove Peninsula is a fabulous place to live,” says Teresa. “There’s a great sense of community. It’s a privilege to live here and work with Yolngu traditional owners, community leaders and businesses to support the region to achieve its amazing potential.

Teresa works in partnership with the Regional Economic Development Committee, Developing East Arnhem Limited and traditional owners groups to make the most of the opportunities the region offers.

North-East Arnhem Land is remote and doing business is can be tough.

But Teresa says: “The support offered to the business community by the NT Government during the curtailment of the refinery was outstanding and that support continues.”

She loves travelling through her “patch” - Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak and the Laynhapuy Homelands.

“I see spectacular country - country that few are privileged to see.”

But the best part of the job is gaining the confidence of small business owners and helping them succeed.

If you would like to discuss ways to improve the profitability, sustainability or capability of your business contact our Small Business Champions team on (08) 8999 5479.

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Last updated: 12 October 2017