Business bulletin - 5 February 2016

Business development opportunity with Defence

Wanting to expand your business with Defence?

If you have a capability or service that could support Defence and want to improve how you market your product, then the 2016 Defence and Industry Study Course (DISC) could be for you.

Applications have just opened for the 2016 course. DISC is a prestigious national program run by the Department of Defence. The part time course runs for 24 days with four one-week modules delivered over a year. For more details check the CASG DISC web page.

The course is a great opportunity to learn how to better engage with Defence and build networks within the industry.

The 2016 DISC course cost is $9,350. Each year, the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Industry and Defence Network NT sponsor one Territory business to attend this course. Sponsorship is conditional on the applicant being accepted into DISC by the Department of Defence. The sponsorship of $4,675 covers half the course fee. 

Expressions of interest are now called for sponsorship to attend 2016 DISC. Expressions of interest close on 12 February 2016.

For more information on applying for sponsorship, contact Ms Julie Wilson, Strategic Defence Support on (08) 8999 5108, email defencesupport@nt.gov.au or read about the Defence and Industry Study Course on the Department of the Chief Minister website. 

Boosting tourism in the Top End

An Australian-shaped resort offering views of crocodiles is one of six Top End projects to receive a tourism grant.

The Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund was established to support the growth of the tourism sector and attract more visitors to the Territory.

More than $420,000 in grants has been provided to help strengthen the industry, enhance the range of tourism experiences on offer, create jobs and drive economic development in regional areas.

Outback Float Plane Adventures will use their grant ($100,000) to build a boutique resort to complement their existing airboat, helicopter and floatplane tours near the Finniss River, 70km southwest of Darwin.

Site preparation is now underway ahead of construction in 2016/17. Twelve units will be built using materials native to the area with the elevated accommodation on stilts along a moat dug out in the shape of Australia.

The units will include air-conditioning, modern furnishing and fitting as well as transparent bathroom walls that will reveal each unit’s own 15-foot crocodile in a secured fenced area.

Other tourism businesses to receive grants include Wildlands Wetlands Safari ($75,000) to build a permanent entertainment pontoon in Corroboree Billabong.

Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge ($54,000) will use their grant to upgrade their entrance and roadway and improve visitor access, particularly in the wet season.

​Beefing up trade with China

A Chinese beef company has set its sights on the Northern Territory’s cattle industry.

Sino-Australia Top Beef (SATB), an online seller of Australian beef to the Chinese market, already sources meat from NSW and Victoria and is looking to expand its online sales.

A Chinese delegation from SATB visited Central Australia last week to experience first-hand the live cattle export supply chain across the Northern Territory which included livestock transport, infrastructure and land quality.

SATB has over 100 million online members, with the demand for good quality beef growing daily. The increased demand has the potential to boost the Territory’s live cattle exports as well as strengthen trade relationships with China.

This visit coincided with a Northern Territory delegation travelling to China last week to explore business opportunities.

The trip included site visits as well as round table discussions focusing on investment in the Territory, in sectors including agribusiness, mining, the oil and gas industry and education.

This visit capitalises on last month’s trade mission to China to create new business and economic opportunities and build investment, cultural and social ties.

Community groups celebrate funding

The Darwin Film Society and Alice Springs Turf Club are among 94 community organisations to share in more than $1.8 million in Community Benefit Fund (CBF) grants awarded in the latest round of funding.

The Deckchair Cinema has been successful in both its major grant application ($93,262) to build a new dining deck and roof extension as well as its small grant application ($2,294) to purchase new dining tables and chairs.

Darwin Film Society Chair John Schier said the not-for-profit organisation was 'over the moon' about receiving the much-needed funding.

"It means so much to be able to offer a better Deckchair Cinema to film-lovers, our members and all the community groups we support," Mr Schier said.

"We can’t wait to begin work on the new deck and dining area so we can show off our new and improved Deckchair on Opening Night in April."

The Alice Springs Turf Club will use its CBF grant ($159,000) to purchase shade that can be used for major race days and by other organisations for events in Alice Springs.

The Turf Club have recently developed a corporate entertainment area that can accommodate 350 people.

The Northern Territory Government’s Community Benefit Fund is continuing to provide greater support than ever to community groups, organisations, charities and initiatives across the Territory.

The CBF manages and distributes contributions from electronic gaming machines in the SKYCITY and Lasseters casinos and licensed hotels throughout the Territory.

The requirement for casinos to contribute to the CBF, introduced in July last year, will generate around $8 million for the fund this financial year.

This has substantially increased the amount of money available to community organisations and roughly doubled funding to support gambling amelioration programs from $1 million to $2 million.

Eligible Territory-based organisations can apply for major grants up to $200,000 and small grants of up to $10,000 to assist with projects that will benefit the community.

Among the 21 organisations awarded major grants were: Red Centre BMX, ($65,000), Country Women’s Association NT ($150,180), West Arnhem Regional Council ($100,000), Darwin Film Society ($93,262) and Northern Territory Masters Squash Association ($79,564).

There is a CBF grant round open all year round.

A balanced environment for the NT

Territorians are invited to have their say about the sustainability and future of the NT environment.

The Balanced Environment Strategy Discussion Draft has been released for public feedback and covers a broad range of issues. This is a great opportunity for the community, businesses and industries to put forward their vision for the environment.

The draft strategy identifies nine principals which include social and economic factors, responsible management of the environment, long term goals, environmental pollution, diversity and productivity of the environment for future generations and effective management and monitoring of government projects and assets.

These principals will guide future decision making to ensure the responsible management and use of the Northern Territory environment.

As part of the consultation process, community forums will be held in February in all major centres across the Territory.

Last updated: 28 November 2017