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Chief Minister Michael Gunner is leading a Territory delegation to the United States today as part of the Council of Australian Governments meeting with National Governors Association (NGA) winter session in Washington DC.

Mr Gunner is taking the opportunity of the 100 years of Mateship Event to lead a high powered business and defence delegation focussed on forging closer defence ties between the US and the Northern Territory; promoting business investment in the Territory and meeting with Chief Executives and senior staff in key US based companies operating in the Territory.

“Creating local jobs is the Government’s number one priority. In the US I will push the Territory’s case for investment from the US which means jobs for Territorians.

“I’ll be working with top Territory business people to make sure we are heard in the corridors of power in Washington. Travelling with the Chief Minister will b

Members of the delegation will meet with Austal, Genessee Wyoming, ConocoPhillips, NASA, 24M and Marriot Hotels. These and other meetings will cover important industries to the Territory like tourism, off-shore gas, innovation projects, the space industry and renewable energy.

“Defence ties between the Territory and the US are already close. On this visit I intend to build on the relationship developed with key US defence personnel in Hawaii last year.” Mr Gunner said.

“I will be accompanied by the Territory’s Defence Advocate Air Vice Marsahll (Rtd) Marg Staib who is well known in the US. We will meet with key US Defence officials while in Washington.

“My approach to international visits is to promote the Territory as hard as we can in as many different venues as we can. As such I will be speaking with the renowned Think Tank- the Centre for Strategic and International Studies to highlight our location and connections to important Asian neighbours.”

The delegation departs Darwin today and returns 1 March. Travel and accommodation costs for the Chief Minister, 2 staff and 3 members of the media are:

-          Flights: $59,689.19

-          Accommodation: $16,289.81

Media Contact: Cam Angus 0404 021 192