Business bulletin - 27 January 2017


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Territory Businesses are set to benefit from the Immediate Works Grants with the first voucher awarded this week.

Casuarina All Sports Club Inc is one of the first recipients of the grants. The organisation has selected Darwin business Country Solar NT to design, procure and construct a purpose-built solar car park structure that also doubles as a power system for their premises.

Country Solar NT is a family-owned business based in Coconut Grove that was established in 2010.

Managing Director Jeremey Hunt said since announcing the $10 million stimulus grants for community and not-for-profit groups, they have received numerous requests for quotations for the installation of Solar PV systems.

"The use of the grant money for a solar power system will allow not-for-profit organisations to install energy saving solar systems. The systems will improve the viability of these facilities and allow the money normally spent on energy to go to other valued resources and services."

The Immediate Work Grants will create work and support Territory jobs and also enable community groups and the not-for-profit sectors, such as sporting, arts, recreation and multicultural groups, to update ageing premises and facilities, to better service and support their communities.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to eligible not-for-profit and community organisations to engage local businesses to upgrade their property and facilities. In addition, the government will match up to a further $100,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis for organisations wanting to do larger jobs.

The grants are expected to result in upgrades to the facilities of more than 100 not-for-profit and community organisations across the Territory.

Group shot of trainees on the Prelude to the Future Program

Nineteen Territorians are carving out a new career in the oil and gas industry after successfully completing the first stage of the Prelude to the Future Program - Warehousing and Logistics.

The Prelude to the Future Program is a training and employment initiative which aims to produce sustainable employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged Territorians while creating pathways to the oil and gas industry and addressing skill shortages of workers in Darwin and surrounding areas.

The program commenced in July 2016 and is a four way partnership between Shell Australia, the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, GTNT and Charles Darwin University.

Shell Australia is pioneering the use of floating LNG through the $19.6 billion Prelude project. It will be the world’s first floating offshore facility, when complete it will be located approximately 800km out of Darwin Northern Territory in the offshore Browse Basin.

GTNT Employment Services Manager, Amelia Seipel said the qualification delivered under the program will enable skilled workers into entry level positions that will support career pathways into the oil and gas industry and related service providers.

"This is the second Prelude to the Future Program. The first program commenced in 2015 and focused on the heavy vehicle industry which has resulted in 17 out of the 20 apprentices securing and maintaining employment. The second program is focused on warehousing and logistics, an industry critical to supplying the oil and gas industry," Mrs Seipel explained.

Nineteen participants were put through 26 weeks of intensive training, the first 18 weeks included off the job training at Charles Darwin University followed by eight weeks of work placement with local businesses.

To increase the employability of participants they also received training / licences in operating a forklift, working at heights and working in confined spaces. Participants also received their white card training and heavy rigid driving licence.

Six of the participants were selected as the apprentice leaders of the program and participated in an Apprentice Round Table Event in December 2016, hosted by GTNT. The apprentice peaders were recognised and given the opportunity to talk with mentors from local businesses, key stakeholders and industry representatives.

"The program would not be successful without the support of local businesses and the strong partnership and collaboration between the key partners. To date 13 out of the 19 participants have successfully secured ongoing traineeships with local employers with the remaining six participant’s employment to be finalised. The results so far have been fantastic." Mrs Seipel said.

A crane lifting pipework on the Northern Gas Pipeline Project

A great opportunity now exists for locals as Jemena begins hiring on its Northern Gas Pipeline project.

The Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) will be a 622km buried gas pipeline between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mount Isa in Queensland.

With construction due to start soon, Jemena is now seeking pipeline construction inspectors and a pipeline construction superintendent.

The NGP will contribute to national energy security and create economic opportunities in the Northern Territory.

Jemena expects that during planning, construction and commissioning, the NGP project will create around 900 jobs. Jemena is focused on sourcing labour from close to the project area - in the Tennant Creek and Barkly areas of the Northern Territory, and the Mount Isa region in western Queensland.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a major infrastructure project in northern Australia.

Snap the NT photography competition

Tourism NT invites you to snap and share the best of what the Northern Territory has to offer.

A new photography competition 'Snap the NT' incorporates one of social media's most popular apps, Instagram, to showcase the Territory.

Department of Tourism and Culture Chief Executive Officer Alastair Shields said Instagram is a key marketing tool for Tourism NT with travellers sharing hundreds of pictures a day via @AusOutbackNT and tagging #NTAustralia.

"Instagram is the perfect platform for Territorians and tourist to share their holiday snaps highlighting the adventure, culture, food and beauty of the Northern Territory.

"The competition was launched only two weeks ago and already we have seen some fantastic entries from the Top End to the Red Centre."

To enter Tourism NT's 'Snap the NT' photo competition, upload your favourite Territory photo to Instagram and in the comments section, describe in 20 words or less why it’s special to you.

Be sure to tag Tourism NT's Instagram @AusOutbackNT, and use the hashtags #SnaptheNT and #NTAustralia.

The winning entry will receive a voucher from Camera House to use on their future photographic adventures.

Competition closes midnight on Friday 27 January 2017, for more information and to enter, go to Snap the NT Photo Competition website.

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