Services offered to support Barkly businesses include:
- guidance for licence, permit and association applications and requirements
- information on business events, networking resources and support services
- referral to specialist support and advisory services that are available to business
- grants and funding assistance programs for business.
The Barkly team cover the following area.
There are a number of staff that support business in the Barkly region, some of the team are listed below.
Senior Small Business Champion
Location and hours
Get the address and up-to-date opening hours on the Northern Territory Government website.
About the Barkly region
The Barkly region is the Territory’s third largest region and extends along the Stuart Highway from Tara to Newcastle Waters and east across the Barkly Tableland to Queensland.
The region encompasses small communities separated by long distances and is home to around 6,100 people, of whom about 71% are Aboriginal. Tennant Creek is the main regional centre with a population of about 3,300 people. A high proportion of people living in the region are young, with about 40% aged 24 years and under, and about 7% aged 65 or older.
Major industries include government services, agriculture, construction, mining and onshore gas exploration. The Barkly and Tennant Creek pastoral district accounts for a substantial proportion of the Territory’s total cattle industry. The Northern Gas Pipeline, connecting the Territory to the eastern gas market, is expected to stimulate economic activity in the Barkly region over the next few years. Government is also investing to develop Tennant Creek as a mining and mineral services centre and preliminary investigations have commenced to understand the development requirements for a multimodal and agribusiness hub in Tennant Creek.
Barkly Regional Deal
The Barkly Regional Deal, signed on 13 April 2019, is a 10‑year, $78.4 million commitment, which includes $45.4 million from the Australian Government, $30 million from the Territory Government and $3 million from Barkly Regional Council. It aims to improve the productivity and liveability of the Barkly region by stimulating economic growth, improving social outcomes and supporting local Aboriginal leadership.