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NT announces Jemena to build gas pipeline to east coast

Posted: 17 November 2015

Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd has been selected to construct and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) Pipeline to connect NT gas to eastern gas markets.

The pipeline will cost $800 million to construct and will run for 622 kilometres between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mount Isa in Queensland.

The pipeline connects the ever-increasing energy needs of the east coast with the vast gas reserves in the Territory. It is estimated the Territory has more than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas – potentially enough to power Australia for more than 200 years.

All royalties from the onshore oil and gas industry will go towards the vocational education and training and other areas of the education sector.

Construction of the NEGI will create more than 900 jobs during construction, 600 of which will be for locals and offer up to 100 contracts for local businesses worth about $112 million. There will be ongoing maintenance and operations teams based in Tennant Creek and Mt Isa.

Jemena expects construction of its 14 inch pipeline to be completed by 2018.

The NT Government's Power and Water Corporation (PWC) will supply gas to the NEGI from its contracted suppliers. The quantity of gas PWC is entitled to under its contracts far exceeds the amount needed to meet the NT's energy needs. PWC will use a gas sales agreement with Incitec Pivot Ltd to lock in a guaranteed gas supply for approximately 10 years from the completion of the NEGI to 2028.

For further information, visit for a range of factsheets on the NEGI pipeline, the competitive process run by the Northern Territory Government and the PWC Gas sale.

Three Territory students selected for Anzac Spirit Study Tour 2016

Posted: 12 November 2015

Three Territory students will travel to France to attend the 2016 Anzac Day dawn service and visit World War I battlegrounds after being selected as the winners of the Chief Minister's Anzac Spirit Study Tour.

The winners and finalists were recognised at a special event at Larrakeyah Barracks Darwin.

The Anzac Spirit Study Tour provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for Territory students to honour an important part of Australia's history, with 2016 marking 100 years since the Australian Imperial Forces fought in their first major action on the Western Front.

The Anzac Spirit Study Tour provides an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs.

The three students who have won a place on the 2016 Chief Minister's Anzac Spirit Study Tour are:

  • Ava Wilmore – Darwin Middle School (Year 9)
  • Albert Boeck – St John's Catholic College (Year 10)
  • Maitane Oakford – Nhulunbuy High School (Year 10)

Students were invited to submit an entry in any medium that addressed the question: The Anzac Spirit arose from the actions of soldiers 100 years ago. Given their passing, what is it that keeps the Anzac Spirit alive?

Entries included essays, videos and poems with a selection panel made up of representatives from the Education Department, Defence and RSL shortlisting six finalists who were then interviewed by the panel to choose the final three.

More information is available at

Cyclone recovery and rebuilding effort progressing well in Galiwin'ku

Posted: 9 November 2015

The rebuilding program for East Arnhem Land communities devastated by cyclones earlier this year is well under way with more than 300 minor and moderately damaged houses repaired and work starting on the construction of 82 new houses. Hundreds of homes in Galiwin'ku were damaged by the cyclones with about 80 houses severely damaged or beyond repair, displacing over 300 people.

The Northern Territory Government has allocated more than $90 million towards rebuild housing and essential community infrastructure across Galiwin'ku, Milingimbi and Ramingining, as well as supporting infrastructure repairs in affected homelands.

To date, 330 houses with minor to moderate damage have been repaired in the impacted communities. The 27 houses requiring major repairs have been completed, and 42 transportable houses have been installed in Galiwin'ku and the East Arnhem homelands as transitional housing for those displaced while their houses are rebuilt.

At the request of community leaders, half of the 80 replacement houses in Galiwin'ku are being rebuilt quickly, delivering 40 houses by June 2016, and half will be built over a period of up to four years to maximise job and training opportunities.
The program is delivering high levels of employment, meaningful skills development and regional capacity building in material manufacture and supply including trusses, concrete blocks and concrete batching.

Ngarda Civil and Mining and DRG Industries won the contracts to build the houses under the fast build program, while the Northern Territory Government partnered with Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA) to get local Yolgnu workers involved in the rebuilding projects.

DRG, a local Yolngu business partnership, is targeting a 50 per cent Yolgnu workforce and Ngarda has committed to having a 20% Yolngu construction workforce.

In addition, DRG is sourcing and manufacturing materials from the region, including concrete blocks and regionally harvested and milled Gumatj timber for the manufacture of roof trusses, which helps build regional capacity for future projects.

ALPA is also a critical partner and is working closely with the contractors and local businesses and organisations to ensure there is a pool of work ready people for the emerging jobs in construction, services and allied industries.

The ALPA partnership with Ngarda and DRG to build local skills and capacity in concrete batching is another tangible example of how the rebuilding program is delivering on the community's aspirations for the program.