Business bulletin - 5 October 2017


OBM regional event in Katherine
2016 OBM Katherine Business Dinner

October Business Month has officially kicked off, with a smorgasbord of workshops, seminars, and professional development opportunities planned across the regions.

The East Arnhem Land Business Festival, previously Nhulunbuy Business Week, returns in 2017.

The event, which runs from 9 to 19 October, has grown in size and will include 10 jam-packed days full of events, workshops and training to support and inspire the East Arnhem Land business community.

One of the highlights is the business Market Expo, local businesses and support services will come together to promote their business and share knowledge.

For those interested in Aboriginal employment and training, there will be a panel discussion with some practical takeaways from those working in this area.

Nigel Collins, author of Game of Inches, will share his blueprint for using small consistent improvements to create big and lasting results for business, don’t miss out.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will also be on hand to provide information on the many Northern Territory Government programs and services to support local businesses.

The annual Katherine Business Dinner will be held on 14 October. Join Rugby League Legend Wayne Pearce as he shares enlightening insights on leading teams in the 21stcentury.

Other events in Katherine include workshops on social media, cyber security and business management as well as networking opportunities.

You can also catch Wayne’s keynote speech in Tennant Creek on 16 October.

The Barkly Regional Resources and Economic Development Conference will be held in Tennant Creek on 24 and 25 October. The event will bring together key leaders from the mining, petroleum, pastoral, transport and infrastructure industries to discuss the latest opportunities and developments in the region.

For a full list of events and to register go to or follow October Business Month on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Man working at a computer
Photo: Clive Hyde

The information technology company SRA has achieved a remarkable fourth triumph in the Chief Minister’s NT Export and Industry Awards.

It collected the Exporter of the Year award following wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Owner Steve Rowe was based in Adelaide until he arrived in Darwin 20 years ago to open a branch office.

He fell in love with the city and promptly moved his headquarters to the Top End.

Steve and his team have built an international reputation for creating world-class software.

One of their latest projects is developing software for a drone that can take samples from water, which makes it particularly useful for mining companies wanting to test the quality of tailings dams.

Construction company Sitzler, which started off as a small operation in Alice Springs and is now the biggest operator in northern Australia, won the inaugural Chamber of Commerce NT Local Content award.

The award was introduced to reward companies who use local subcontractors and suppliers whenever possible.

Sitzler has built many of the Territory’s iconic buildings, such as the Darwin Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darwin Football Stadium, Chinatown multi-storey car park, Ayers Rock Resort, Tiwi Aged Care Facility and the Darwin Waterfront Wave Pool.

The awards were staged by the Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the success of Northern Territory businesses that excel in international exports across a range of industries.

The Chamber’s International Business Council chairman Sean Mahoney congratulated the winners and applauded the high standard of entries.

“Businesses have continued to succeed in a tough export economy with increased competition in a slow world economy, presenting significant challenges which these companies have been able to overcome.”

Last financial year, the Northern Territory exported products worth $4.9 billion, with the top three categories being minerals, gas and live cattle.

For the full list of winners go to the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory website.

Trade Support Scheme and InvestNT roadshow

Territory based companies are invited to find out how Northern Territory Government programs can help their business grow through exports and investment.

The Trade Support Scheme and InvestNT Roadshow will provide Territory businesses with information on how the NT Government might be able to assist them to start exporting, expand exports or become investor ready.

Executive Director for the Office of Asian Engagement Trade and Investment, Scott Wauchope said the sessions were “a great opportunity for businesses to learn more about the programs and support available to help their business grow.”

“The Trade Support Scheme (TSS) assists eligible businesses to grow stronger trading partnerships and create new export opportunities. We also have services that may directly support business wishing to grow by attracting external investment.”

Under the TSS eligible businesses can receive financial support to help them offset the cost of international marketing activities (flights and accommodation), including trade exhibitions and conferences, marketing material, web design and training.

InvestNT, facilitates investment attraction into the Territory and works with Territory companies to help them to become investor ready.

Support can include facilitating introductions to potential business partners, leading investment missions to priority interstate and overseas markets and the provision of assistance to host prospective investors in the NT.

TradeNT and InvestNT officers will visit:

  • Alice Springs - 16 and 17 October
  • Tennant Creek - 18 October
  • Katherine - 19 and 20 October.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with TradeNT and InvestNT officers please call 08 8999 5329 or email

For more information about the Trade Support Scheme go to and for InvestNT go to

Mickey Wunungmurra

Indigenous people have been sharing stories for tens of thousands of years.

Mickey Wunungmurra wants his people to continue that ancient tradition in a modern way - by adding business success stories.

The traditional owner is a strong supporter of the Indigenous Economic Development Forum, which is being held at the Darwin Convention Centre on 23 and 24 October.

“It is an important opportunity for Indigenous businesses to share success stories, share knowledge and network across a range of industries and sectors,” he said.

“The forum promotes Indigenous businesses to potential partners, customers and other stakeholders.

“Indigenous businesses and Indigenous business participation are critical to economic development and Developing the North.

“It enables Indigenous businesses to engage with the wider business community and the broader economy.”

Mr Wunungmurra, who is deputy chairman of the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, believes more Indigenous people should get involved in business.

“Economic participation by way of business development is a critical pathway for lessening Indigenous welfare dependency and closing the gap,” he said.

“Indigenous businesses are far more likely to employ Indigenous people.

“Economic independence enables healthy people and healthy communities.”

Mr Wunungmurra is a forum champion for the Indigenous Economic Development Forum, which is being staged by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

To conclude the forum, Supply Nation are staging the Indigenous Business Trade Fair, funded by the Department of Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

People who want to engage more NT-based Indigenous suppliers and support the growth of the Indigenous business sector are encouraged to register for the free event.

The Trade Fair will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre at the end of day two of the forum on Tuesday 24 October from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

For more information and to register go to

For more information on the forum go to

Winners of the RIRDC Rural Women's Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

The Rural Women’s Award recognises the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. It provides a platform to inspire Australian women to use their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

Over the past two decades, the Rural Women’s Award has provided more than 200 women from a range of industries with the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia through diverse projects.

The award is open to all women involved in rural industries, rural and regional businesses and communities in the Northern Territory.

The Territory winner will receive a $10,000 bursary for innovative projects, and access to professional development opportunities and the alumni network.

The award is an opportunity to further develop leadership skills, make a difference and inspire others.

It will also link recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about rural industries and rural Australia.

For more information to submit an application go to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website .

Applications close at 7.30pm Australian Central Time on Sunday 29 October 2017.

October Business Month 2017, speaker Mia Freedman, register at

Last updated: 10 July 2019

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