18 Oct 2017
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Chief Minister Michael Gunner today addressed the NT Major Projects Conference, reaffirming the Territory Labor Government’s backing of private sector-led development to create thousands of jobs for Territorians.
More than 8,000 local jobs could be created in the next five years across 18 NT projects that have Major Project Status, Mr Gunner told the Conference today.
“The Territory Labor Government was elected on the promise of creating jobs for Territorians - by backing the private sector we are supporting economic growth,” Mr Gunner said.
“We know many in the construction sector are doing it tough right now and this is why we went to the election with a detailed Jobs Plan to get money flowing locally and to restore confidence to business.
“This is also why this Government is investing in our private sector through a record $1.7 billion infrastructure budget spend this year to support growth industries such as mining and agribusiness and in turn support local jobs.
“Our Economic Development Framework – a key part of our Jobs Plan - brings Government and the private sector on the same page having created a blueprint for investment and growth in the NT.”
A ‘Major Project’ is a project with significant expenditure in the NT that creates local business opportunities as well as attracting new business to the NT and employment for Territorians.
Construction is already underway on some of the 18 projects, including the Northern Gas Pipeline, which will see the creation of 900 jobs (600 in the NT). Construction on a number of other projects is expected to begin within the next 12-18 months.
“Construction on Project Sea Dragon could begin in the Dry Season next year – one of the world’s biggest aquaculture projects which has the potential to create 1,000 jobs in the Territory,” Mr Gunner said.
“In Central Australia, I recently signed a Project Facilitation Agreement with TNG for the $850 million Mt Peake mine which could create 1,700 construction jobs and 600 ongoing jobs.
“And most recently we have just signed off on the Project Development Agreement to deliver a Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project – a major milestone that paves the way for hundreds of construction and ongoing jobs for Territorians.
“This is all happening now and the NT Government will continue to set the conditions to attract more projects and jobs to the Territory.”
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