Positioning the Territory to benefit from $20 billion of Australian Defence Force construction projects planned over the next 20-years is a key part of the Territory Labor Government’s Defence and National Security Strategy.
The strategy was unveiled in Canberra at the 15th Annual ADM Congress to 350 senior-level delegates last night.
“My number one priority is to create local jobs and fight for Territory business,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
“We know the Australian Defence Force will play a significant role regarding investment and job creation in the NT with their $20 billion spend in Northern Australia and I am determined that local businesses get the best shot possible at winning contracts. These contracts will provide thousands of jobs.
“The Territory has a reputation as a great place to train - including for USA troops – and this is underpinning significant defence investment which means local jobs.
“The NT has a long and proud relationship with the USA and we warmly welcome ADF and American troops.”
The six strategic areas of focus in the strategy are:
1) Strategic engagement and communication. Increase engagement with regional neighbours and generate more opportunities for Territory industry to compete for defence and national security work;
2) Business Capability. Maximise the socioeconomic benefit from Defence in the Territory and support Territory business to win defence work;
3) Workforce capacity. Grow the use of local industry in the supply chain for defence and national security projects;
4) Defence Community. Establish the Territory as a posting of choice for Defence and national security personnel.
5) Innovation, Research and Partnership. Deliver new specialised research and training activities in the Territory.
6) Strategic infrastructure. Ensuring infrastructure in the Territory supports ongoing future needs of Defence, including the capability to meet demand.
Last year the Territory Labor Government appointed Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib as the first Defence Advocate to better position NT to capitalise on Defence projects.
Ms Staib delivered the keynote address at the ADM Congress in Canberra last night.
“The Territory Government also continues to invest in critical infrastructure supporting defence activity, including $100 million in the Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Facility,” Mr Gunner said.
Source: NTG Media Room