Business bulletin - 12 January 2017


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What the Territory has to offer Defence, and it's prime contractors, is the focus of a survey being circulated to businesses across the Territory.

Executive Director of the Northern Australia Development Office Jason Schoolmeester said that the Department of Defence and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability are assessing defence industrial capabilities as part of an initiative to produce the Defence Industry Capability Plan.

"Their plan will guide Defence investment over the next ten years, so it’s really important that the Territory’s capability and capacity to play in that space is accurately captured - we don’t want to be under represented," Mr Schoolmaster said.

"It’s important that we capture both the traditional Defence support industries and other tiers of the supply chain such as academia and research organisations, professional services, infrastructure, ICT and garrison support."

"It’ll only take businesses around ten minutes to complete the survey and the information collected will be a huge help to the people putting together these future infrastructure plans."

"KPMG have also put forward a $2,000 prize for one lucky Territory business that completes the survey."

"The winning business will be drawn with the survey closes, and they’ll be able to choose what they use the $2,000 towards - could be a new computer, office equipment or professional development for staff."

Complete the online survey.

For more information please contact or 0408 073 064.

Man working on a steel construction

Local steel fabricators still have time to register their interest in the $5 million local steel industry stimulus package.

The steel package - which is one component of the NT Government’s $22 million Immediate Works Stimulus package - is aimed at providing work for the Territory’s construction and steel industries, and improving community and government infrastructure.

Businesses can register online via the Industry Capability Network NT (ICN NT), which will help identify, develop and match opportunities to Northern Territory businesses.

The work packages will benefit the community, as well as industry, with improved shade facilities at parks, sporting and recreation spots around the Territory, improved BBQ and picnic facilities at parks, and will help keep Territorians safe around the water with additional crocodile traps.

Businesses must be registered with the ICN NT and have lodged an expression of interest before close of business Monday 16 January to be considered for this work.

For more information go to the ICN NT website, click the "Looking for work?" heading and search for "fabrication".

Entrance to the Cullen Bay ferry terminal

A new year and a fresh new look for Cullen Bay ferry terminal; upgrades to the building and facilities have kicked off.

The refurbishment, valued at almost $500,000, will be carried out by Territory company Asbuild and will provide jobs for 19 workers.

Along with the refurbishment and update of the terminal, the works will improve the operation of the ticketing office, repair corrosion and ensure compliance with current standards.

Cullen Bay is a hub for outdoor dining and cafes, and the starting point for harbour cruises, and ferry trips to Mandorah and Tiwi Islands.

Enhancing the ferry terminal and creating a more user-friendly, efficient ticket office will improve outcomes for tourists and commuters alike.

While the works are underway, every effort will be made to minimise disruption to people and businesses in the area, with appropriate signage in place prior to the works commencing, advising of any short-term changes to parking or public transport.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by April, weather permitting.

Additional works in the Cullen bay area are set to commence in coming months. This will include dredging of the inlet to improve access and a study to investigate improved car parking options for Cullen Bay.

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The Economic Summit series continues in 2017, with the second phase of stakeholder consultation set to commence in early February.

The economic summit series will shape the future development of the Northern Territory by developing an economic framework and long-term vision for the Territory.

The first phase of consultations was held during November and December with over 250 stakeholders in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs, including industry groups, business, regional economic development committees and local stakeholders.

These initial consultations revealed several common issues including limitations around the key factors of production - land, labour and capital. Enterprise and innovation, connectivity, relationships and liveability also featured strongly.

From these issues raised, six preliminary factors or 'levers' have been identified which can be utilised to accelerate economic growth, land, people, capital, enterprise and innovation, connectivity and liveability.

These levers will be the focus of the next phase of consultation. This phase, commencing in February, will develop principles, targeted strategies and recommendations through a series of solution design forums with key stakeholder groups.

The public are also able to contribute to the discussion about the Territory’s economic future by providing comments on various themes and topic papers available at on the Economic Summit website.

During March, the public will be able to provide input to the Economic Summits through a series of public consultation sessions.

View of audience at Immediate Work Grants information session

More than 150 business and community organisations have attended Immediate Work Grants information sessions held in Darwin and Alice Springs.

These information sessions will help businesses in the building and construction sectors, and not-for-profit and community organisations to find out more about how they can benefit from these grants.

Grants of up to $200,000 are available for not-for-profit and community organisations to engage local businesses to renovate, upgrade or repair their property and facilities.

The Immediate Work Grants are part of the government’s recently announced $22 million Immediate Works Stimulus Package, which will support smaller infrastructure projects across the Territory.

For more information about the Immediate Work Grants and upcoming public information sessions, go to the Immediate Work website.

Immediate Work Grants public information session, for more information go to

Last updated: 10 July 2019

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