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Driving economic growth in East Arnhem

Posted: 21 November 2014

A new body to drive regional economic development in East Arnhem was officially launched on Friday 21 November by the Northern Territory Government, Rio Tinto Gove Operations and the newly appointed Chairman.

The launch of ‘Developing East Arnhem’ in Nhulunbuy is an important step in building a strong economic future for the local community with new businesses and industries.

“The launch of Developing East Arnhem today delivers on the joint $4 million commitment by the Northern Territory Government and Rio Tinto to establish an independent body to drive industry and business growth across the region,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

The entity will be guided by a high calibre foundation Board of Directors, featuring Chairman John Cossons, Andy Lloyd and Ian Smith.

East Arnhem is emerging as a key element of our Northern Australia development agenda, given the region’s considerable natural and cultural assets, as well as its strong service and infrastructure base around the regional hub of Nhulunbuy.

Developing East Arnhem will focus on:

  • Promoting East Arnhem as a business destination

  • Facilitating business establishment and expansion

  • Increasing the capability of local industry

  • Supporting the establishment and growth of Indigenous enterprises.

Valuing excellence in the NT Public Sector

Posted: 17 November 2014

Close to 600 people turned out for the Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector at the Darwin Convention Centre on Friday 14 November.

The awards were an opportunity to recognise the innovative and important work being done across government to fast-track land release, diversify our economy, develop Northern Australia, create jobs in our regions, re-engage with Asia, protect our environment and enhance our great Territory lifestyle.

Winners shared in a $100 000 prize-pool donated by the private sector for use on professional development.

The Chief Minister also took the opportunity to announce a package of measures designed to make the Northern Territory Public Sector a more attractive place to work.

The changes included, among other things, the provision of more flexible working hours, the ability for non-essential staff to accrue leave to use over a new Christmas shutdown period, and the simplification of the recruitment process to make it easier to apply for government jobs.

For more information, or to view the full list of winners, visit the Chief Minister’s Awards website.

Increased grant funding for sporting groups

Posted: 14 November 2014

Sporting clubs and organisations across the Territory can now apply for up to $5000 to help develop their sport following a funding boost by the Territory Government.

Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan announced that the Territory Government has increased the maximum amount available for individual applications under the Grass Roots Development Investment Program from $3000 to $5000.

“A total of $190,000 in funding is available in the Grass Roots Development Investment Program, which will help our sports right across the Territory grow,” Minister Conlan said.

“These grants help clubs and recreation groups implement a range of initiatives to benefit their sport including improving equipment and building club capacity.”

Round two of the Grass Roots Development Investment Program for 2014 is now open and will close for assessment on 28 February 2015. Applications can be made on the Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing’s website.

For further information contact the Department of Sport, Recreation and Racing on 1800 045 678.