Business bulletin - 14 April 2016

​Kenbi resolution

The Northern Territory Government, Northern Land Council (NLC) and Commonwealth have all committed to the settlement of one of the longest running and complex land claims under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act.

The land offered as part of the settlement includes 52,000ha to become Aboriginal land including 13,000ha of Territory freehold land in the north of Cox Peninsula.

As part of the settlement, the NLC agreed to withdraw claims over a number of parcels of land in exchange for the benefits represented by a grant of freehold.

In return, the Territory Government now has certainty for population growth and future recreation and economic activities on the Cox Peninsula.

A key component is the Farrah West development in the Palmerston area, which has the potential for an estimated 220 residential lots.

This settlement also includes ongoing public access to the intertidal zone and beaches within the land claim area, which is great news for the recreational fishing community and those who love camping and the great outdoors.

In order to secure free and public access to the coastal areas of the claim, the Territory Government offered Traditional Owners a package comprising:

  • the grant of Karu Park, the previous site of Retta Dixon House, as Crown Lease in perpetuity
  • the grant of a development lot in the East Arm Darwin Business Park
  • procurement provisions that incentivise develop partnerships with Indigenous business in future land subdivisions on Crown land
  • first right of refusal to partner in the development of Farrar West.

Lodged in 1979, the Kenbi Land Claim has taken more than 30 years to settle and involved extensive legal processes, lengthy negotiations, four hearings by the Aboriginal Land Commissioner and two High Court challenges.

Taste the Territory

Attention foodies - Darwin Waterfront is about to become your mecca.

This weekend will see the precinct explode with activity, with the Territory Taste Festival offering the best the NT has to offer in food, wine and entertainment.

Territory Taste will feature food stalls, beer garden, wine bar, masterclasses, cocktail bar, marketplace and a cake decorating competition.

Local chefs will cook up a storm alongside some of the biggest names in food, including celebrity chef, Matt Moran who found fame on shows including Masterchef, Paddock to Plate and The Chopping Block.

Territory Taste Festival event organiser Anya Lorimer said it was a coup to get someone of the calibre of Matt Moran to do live demonstrations in our first year.

"Having a two day line-up of chefs participating in our festival means we are really telling Australia and anyone who is into food that the Northern Territory is ready to invite the world to our table."

Moran owns ten restaurants, an events company with an exclusive contract to the Sydney Opera House, and is a best-selling author of four books.

He will be joined by local chefs including Lynton Tapp, Rachael Ciesiolka, Kungkas Can Cook, William Young and Jimmy Shu, as well as international chefs from Red Bridge Cooking School in Vietnam.

Sunday afternoon will see the Darwin Waterfront lawns become a Pinoy BBQ fiesta featuring the Filipino Masterchef, Chris Urbano.

Urbano will be hosting Filipino trivia, traditional Filipino games and will have delicious Filipino fare available for tasting between 2pm and 5 pm. Local Filipino dance group Kultura will also be performing.

Entry to Territory Taste is $25 per day or $40 for a Two Day Feast weekend pass. Children under 12 enter free.

Ticket holders will go into the draw for a food experience holiday to Vietnam for two, staying at the Angsana Resort, classes at the world-renowned Red Bridge Cooking School, 18 holes at the award-winning Montgomerie Links Golf Course and a day tour of the ancient city of Hoi An - all complimentary of SilkAir and Central Coast Vietnam.

Tickets for the Territory Taste Festival are on sale at

Employer update

Following feedback from business owners across the Territory, a series of information sessions will be held aimed at employers unable to fill vacancies.

Employers who struggle to fill vacancies with local staff will be provided up to date information on migration policies and visa options.

The updates will include changes to the Australian Government’s skilled workers policies and the visa initiatives in the Developing Northern Australia White Paper will affect NT businesses.

Also covered will be the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s monitoring of 457 visa sponsors, the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA), Seasonal Worker Program and Developing Northern Australia changes to backpacker visas arrangements.

Sessions will be held in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tenant Creek and Nhulunbuy.

Details are:

Thurs 14 April: Walkabout Lodge, Nhulunbuy, 5pm to 7pm
Tues 19 April: AHANT Darwin office, 9am to 10.30am (AHANT webinar)
Wed 20 April: Double Tree by Hilton, Esplanade, Darwin, 5.30pm to 7pm
Fri 22 April: Ibis Styles Hotel, Katherine, 7.30am to 9am
Wed 27 April: Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek, 5pm to 6.30pm
Thurs 28 April: Double Tree by Hilton, Alice Springs, 4pm to 5.30pm (AHANT Seminar)
Tues 5 May: Double Tree by Hilton, Alice Springs, 5.30pm to 7pm.

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Employment and training exhibitors wanted

Registrations are now open for the largest training, jobs and careers roadshow in the Northern Territory.

The NT Government’s Skills Employment and Careers Expo will visit all the major centres during August including Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy and attract more than 5,000 attendees.

The Expo is a one-stop-shop for anyone seeking to explore tertiary studies, training, job and career options including middle school right through to post-graduate and mature age students as well as parents and the general public.

It's also the perfect opportunity for employers to engage with future employees, hand-pick the best talent for their positions and showcase what they have to offer.

There are opportunities for everybody on offer during the Territory-wide roadshow and expo attendees will be able to:

  • Talk to representatives from different employers, education institutions, training providers and industry groups.
  • Hear from presenters in topical seminars.
  • Experience hands-on skill oriented activities.
  • Find out about current, real job vacancies available in the NT

Registrations must be submitted by 30 June to ensure a place at the expo.

For further information or to register contact YouthWorX NT on (08) 8981 8870, email or visit

Buy Local Plan

Nineteen Territorians have been selected to form the Local Benefit Advisory Panel (LBAP), established as part of the Buy Local Plan.

The LBAP will use their diverse local business and industry knowledge to provide Northern Territory Government agencies with advice on claims made and benefits proposed in the local content component of tender responses and contracts worth more than $5 million.

Mr Paul Baxter has been selected as the Chair and Mr Neil Hallagan as the Deputy Chair of the panel. All of the members have a long-standing commitment to the Territory, as well as knowledge and experience across a variety of industries.

The announcement coincides with the wrap up of the Buy Local Roadshow, attended by more than 200 people across the Northern Territory.

The Buy Local Plan will ensure $3 billion spent annually on goods and services by the Territory Government will deliver will deliver for Territory businesses and the economy.

Other key initiatives include increasing the minimum weighting in favour of local content and benefits from 20% to 25% in all quotes and tenders and introducing mandatory local quotes for contracts up to $100,000.

Members of the LBAP are; Mr Paul Baxter (Chair), Mr Neil Hallagan (Deputy Chair), Mr Ray Bail, Mr Brendan Heenan, Mr Jamie De Brenni, Mr Geoffrey Newton, Mr Robert Kendrick, Mr Barry Duthie, Mr Michael (Mick) Hannon, Ms Rosemary Campbell, Ms Karen Hawkes, Ms Alyson (Ali) Dalaney, Mr Peter Pattemore, Mr Craig Reid, Mr David McLeod, Mr Rodney Illingworth, Ms Mary McAlpine, Ms Karen Green and Mr Alan Sprigg.

NT Population 244,484 up 0.3% 

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