Business bulletin - 21 January 2016

The goose that laid the golden egg

A Darwin business is harnessing a local resource so common it is often seen as a nuisance: the humble magpie goose.

As demand for wild-caught local produce ramps up, the traditionally indigenous cuisine has caught the eye of international cheffing elite.

Danish superstar chef Rene Redzepi will next week launch his Michelin-starred Noma restaurant in Sydney for a 10-week 'pop-up' season, featuring magpie goose which has been captured on local mango farms and processed in Acacia, just outside Darwin.

With support from the Department of Business Indigenous Business Development Program, Aboriginal Harvesters have set up a processing plant to produce meat for Noma, and other southern restaurants including Orana in Adelaide.

The Department of Business and world renowned restaurant distributor Richard Gunner have also been mentoring Aboriginal Harvesters to ensure the business continues to grow, with opportunities to harvest of other items also in the pipeline.

Owner Daniel Motlop hopes to produce the full quota of 4,000 birds allowed in their commercial licence, providing Aboriginal jobs throughout the Top End and working with land owners to remove geese which are seen as pests from their properties.

"The Department of Business, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Primary Industry have been a great support to our business along with Rene Redzepi from Noma who has highlighted these geese to the world."

"Our next goal is to get other Aboriginal Communities involved, but first we have to ensure regulations regarding capture and processing is adhered to, for this we are working through the process with the government and Aboriginal groups. I hope we can have in future a very viable native harvest business that provides products all over Australia and around the world."

Host a local event as part of Open Territory

It's less than two months until Open Territory kicks off, and local businesses are invited to be part of the program by hosting local events.

The program of international and domestic events is designed to profile business capability in the Territory, showcase trade and investment opportunities and highlight all that the Northern Territory has to offer.

Local businesses are invited to partner by hosting an event - providing an opportunity to build profile and develop new relationships and clients.

Partnered events can be held in varying formats including presentations, expos, workshops, information sessions, conferences, arts, cultural and sporting events / festivals, exhibitions, dinners, networking events or online webinars.

For more information visit www.openterritory.nt.gov.au or email openterritory.dob@nt.gov.au

Last call for nominations

Are you an expert in workplace health and safety, or intimately familiar with the NT business landscape?

Nominations are about to close for two NT advisory bodies: the Buy Local Advisory Panel (LBAP), and the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council.

Local Business Advisory Panel

The NT Government’s Buy Local plan will ensure the $3 billion spent annually on goods and services by the Territory Government will deliver the greatest benefits for Territory Businesses and the economy.

The plan includes the requirement for tenders over $5 million to be assessed by an independent advisory which will review tender responses and provide advice on local content elements.

Up to 20 people will be on the panel, and nominations are open until Sunday 31 January 2016.

Work Health and Safe Advisory Council

Territorians passionate about health and safety in the workforce are urged to nominate now for the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council will review operations of the Work Health and Safety Act and make recommendations for possible changes to the administration of the Act or standards of work health and safety in the Northern Territory.

The Advisory Council is looking for nominations with a vast range of experience across all industry sectors in the Northern Territory, including representatives of organisations which advocate for employers and employees.

Nominations close Friday 29 January 2016.

For more information please visit www.worksafe.nt.gov.au or call (08) 8999 5066.

Daly River back in business

It was a soggy start to the new year for Daly River business people, after the community was flooded in early January.

A Department of Business officer spent last week at Daly River, working with 10 businesses affected by flooding to help them recover and resume trading as soon as possible.

Most had suffered minor damage, including damage to road and infrastructure, and some took the opportunity to access support including the Business Growth Program.

Residents also returned to the community last week, marking an end to the emergency response. 

A new look for Territory Parks

It is an exciting time for the Territory with a number of iconic parks undergoing a refresh.

The first tender of the $10.68m investment into Casuarina Coastal Reserve has recently been released, to deliver works at Dripstone Park, Lee Point and the Free Beach.

The reserve near Darwin’s northern suburbs is the Territory’s most popular park or reserve with approximately 900,000 visits each year.

The reserve provides locals and visitors with a beach and bushland escape in the heart of suburban Darwin where visitors are able to walk, cycle, picnic and relax watching popular sunsets.

Outside Darwin, investors are invited to help revitalise the Territory Wildlife Park, a nature-based recreation and education facility.

Industry and stakeholders are encouraged to submit innovative proposals to unlock the potential for the park.

To be considered, proposals must demonstrate and ensure the protection of natural, cultural and recreational values of the park.

Expression of interest submissions must be lodged before 4 March 2016.

For more information please visit www.nt.gov.au/parkseoi

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Last updated: 21 April 2016