Business bulletin - 6 October 2016

Initiatives for first home buyers

New elevated house 

Territory first home buyers of an existing dwelling can now access up to $10,000 to renovate their home if they use Territory businesses.

The Home Renovation Grant’s program director Bardia Bodaghi said that to keep the scheme as simple as possible, businesses won’t need to preregister.

"The $10,000 Home Renovation Grant is in addition to the almost $24,000 stamp duty concession available to first home buyers purchasing an established home," Bardia said.

"The home buyer gets a quote from local businesses for the renovations or improvements they'd like done, they apply online and then they’ll receive an electronic voucher.

"Once the work is completed, the home owner hands the voucher to the business, who then redeem it from government."

The home owner is also able to use up to $2,000 of the $10,000 grant towards household goods.

Once approved, the first home buyer can either:

  • receive an upfront payment for the purchase of the household goods and provide receipts afterwards, or
  • buy the household goods, then seek reimbursement by providing the receipts.

To ensure there is maximum benefit for the Territory, local businesses need to be used for the renovations and the purchase of household goods.

To find out more go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Ready, set… launch

Irranda Holdings sign on side of building 

A new Indigenous business is the face of innovation in the Northern Territory's sheet metal industry.

Colin Rogan launched Irranda Holdings last week, a business set up to supply Thermobreak Cushion Head Boxes and other air conditioning ducting, including flexible ducting to Australian Standards, to the Northern Territory market.

Mr Rogan said the Thermobreak Cushion Head Box ducting product, which sits in the ceiling above the vent, is half the weight and half the cost of what is currently used, and has been endorsed by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL).

"The big thing with the product is that it’s going to save dollars, it brings down the overall cost of the project. The product is manufactured to the Australian Standards.

"This could be used in government buildings - schools, you name it, as opposed to the metal cushion head box that they currently use," he said.

Irranda Holdings has been supported by the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, through the Indigenous Business Development Program.

He said his business would be distributing the product fabricated by local sheetmetal manufacturer, Action Sheetmetal.

"This is an idea we’ve been working on for the past couple of years with Action Sheetmetal.

"Harry Maschke advertised for an Indigenous entrepreneur to work with him, so that’s where we started, talking to DIPL about endorsing the product for use in government buildings," he said.

"Our business plan already has us knocking on the Commonwealth Government’s door, for their Defence and Building the North related work through Prime Minister and Cabinet, and to now have their Department of Infrastructure review and endorse the product for use on their projects, as NT Government's DIPLI has done, is great."

He said Irranda Holdings is final negotiations with the Palmerston Hospital contractor to accept and install the product in non-clinical areas of the hospital.

"We’re still working out actual quantities but the more we do, the more Indigenous employment we can achieve," Mr Rogan said.

"I’ve got five Indigenous employees ready to go, and we’re already talking to another Indigenous business about partnering to do the installation as well."

"Apart from already looking at the market in Cairns, we’re also aiming at putting a foot offshore in the export market to Singapore and East Timor, which will be great for bringing much needed long term dollars and employment into the Northern Territory’s economic outlook."

"By the Commonwealth Government, NT Government and private sector supporting Indigenous products, it will secure our local domestic industry," he said.

Business Chicks in the Territory

Business Chicks - three women sitting on couches 

One of Australia’s most respected entrepreneurs, Emma Isaacs is returning to the Northern Territory to host a very special Business Chicks Breakfast as part of October Business Month.

Emma Issacs has achieved more than most twice her age; she is the Global CEO and founder of Business Chicks; has rubbed shoulders with the world’s most powerful entrepreneurs, including Sir Richard Branson and Arianna Huffington; and has raised over $10 million for charity.

During the Business Chicks Breakfast Emma will share her story and reveal what it takes to build businesses that stand for something, create change and become successful brands.

"Business Chicks is a community for women. We exist to help women grow and our role is to equip them with tools to propel their careers and businesses forward," she said.

"I’m going to be telling my story about business, but I’m looking forward to connecting with our Northern Territory-based Business Chicks members, hearing their stories and helping them to connect with other members and women in the area."

Emma’s good friend Narelle Anderson is just one example of how women in the Territory are doing great thing in business. Founder of Envirobank recycling Narelle runs Darwin’s largest cash-for-containers recycling network. 

"Narelle is also founding member of Business Chicks and when we met we both had fledgling businesses and big dreams. Mine was to build a global community and empower women and Narelle’s was to change the way we recycle in Australia," she said.

"She is so passionate about helping community cash in on Cash for Containers - because if you ask Narelle, she will say you can have anything you want in life, if you help enough people get what they want. Business Chicks believes that too."

Business Chicks Australia CEO, Olivia Ruello said there will be something for everyone at Emma’s keynote event for October Business Month.

"We are the largest community for women in Australia and that includes all women (and some men too!).

"Whether you have your own business or you’re in the workforce, or you want to learn, feel inspired and connect with other women you should come along to the Business Chicks Breakfast in Darwin."

To register or for more information about the Business Chicks Breakfast go to www.businesschicks.com.au 

For a full list of events OBM events go to www.obm.nt.gov.au

Sunbuild makes a splash

Artists impression of the redevelopment for Parap swimming pool 

Local family-owned company Sunbuild is set to put Darwin on the map for Australian Swimming with redevelopment of Parap Pool kicking off.

The $14 million redevelopment will include a Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) compliant 50metre pool for national level competitions.

Once completed the new pool will be the first of its kind in Darwin and enable local athletes to qualify for national swimming competitions at home.

Sunbuild Director and Construction Manager Jim Eadie said the Parap Pool redevelopment was also a significant project for local construction industry.

"We are a Darwin based company employing more than 40 people locally. On top of this, indirectly, we employ anywhere between 100 to 200 subcontractors from the Darwin Region."

"A major project like the Parap Pool redevelopment has a positive impact on the community as a whole, it provides all those families opportunities for growth and securing the Territory way of life," Mr Eadie said.

The City of Darwin secured a $4.48 million Federal Government grant for the development of a FINA standard competition pool with the Northern Territory Government contributing a further $5 million to the project.

Mr Eadie credited the City of Darwin commitment with ensuring local families and businesses are involved in local projects.

"With local labour there is always the support for the project not only through construction but into the life span of the project. 

"I recently spoke to a local family who built the original Parap Pool 40 years ago. That is the type of pride that comes from using local contractors, employees and local families. You cannot get the same support for a project by importing labour from interstate," he said. 

The new redevelopment will include a FINA compliant 50metre pool with built-in timing technology for accuracy, a 25metre warm-up / community leisure pool and community play elements.

"As an avid swimmer and triathlete, the Parap Pool has a special place in my heart, as it does for a lot of the local swimmers who have grown up training, swimming and enjoying the environs of the old Parap Pool," Mr Eadie said.

"The new pool will be an enormous asset to the Darwin swimming community and Sunbuild takes immense pride in delivering projects of this nature as did the families who built the original pool 40 years ago."

The Parap Pool will be closed while construction takes place with work expected to be completed by December 2017.

Battle of the skilled

Group shot of four Territory students in the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition 

Four of the Territory’s top students, apprentices and trainees will test their skills against the nation’s best at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition.

The WorldSkills National Competition provides an arena for young Australians to showcase their trade and skill talent and celebrate the contribution of the vocational, education and training (VET) sector.

Trainee cook Chloe Taylor will represent the Northern Territory in the open section of the cookery category. As a young trainee Chloe credits Charles Darwin University and Palmerston café Salt n Peppa help turn her culinary dreams into a reality.

"They have both helped expand my experience and knowledge, got me to try new flavours and recipes and given me the opportunity to compete at regional and national competitions," she said.

Three days of intense competition begins in Melbourne today with more than 500 competitors from across Australia representing 60 skills under one roof.

"WorldSkills is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and further my culinary knowledge at a national level," Chloe said.

"I just love to cook and I am looking forward to showing that the NT can also produce delicious food," Chloe said.

The Northern Territory team includes Jemma Hayman who will also compete in the open section of the competition in the retail baking category.

While the VET in schools section will be represented by Dannii Tawhi, competing in the Business Services category, and Georgia English competing in the Food and Beverage category.

Chloe is confident the NT Team will do well at WorldSkills.

"I believe we will all do our very best and no matter what we place in the competition, we are all winners to be able to reach it this far," she said.

Eligible medallists in the open section of the competition may be offered a position on Team Australia to compete at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2017.

For more information go to www.worldskills.org.au

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Last updated: 28 November 2017