Chief Minister Visits The Alice To See Stimulus Package Taking Effect

Chief Minister Visits The Alice To See Stimulus Package Taking Effect

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Stimulus Injection Into Alice Springs For More Jobs And Better Community Facilities

Victor P Taffa

Gunner Government’s $10 Million Immediate Work Grants has seen more than $730,000 worth of work injected into Alice Springs so far, creating more jobs for local tradies and small businesses, and improving community facilities.

The popular package which enables community groups and not for profit organisations to apply for repairs and maintenance funding was introduced as part of a wider suit of immediate stimulus measures to create jobs for local tradies and small businesses.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner, in Central Australia today, visited not-for-profit organisation Vinnies Alice Springs, which recently received around $15,000 for veranda and roof extensions to its store.

“Territory Government’s Immediate Work Grants have helped support Territory jobs and businesses and contributed to improving the facilities of community groups and not-for-profit organisations.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“My Government promised to restore trust by creating jobs and this stimulus package is doing that with approvals for the whole Territory totalling over $3.1 Million since applications opened in December.”

“This is an incredible response from the both community organisations and businesses that are benefitting from a stimulus program introduced as an immediate measure before our bigger $120 Million infrastructure spend kicks in later this year.”

“Today I was pleased to meet with Vinnies store manager Ruth Fox, who says shop upgrades that will be made through the grants will enable the not-for-profit group to attract more staff and improve their ageing facility.”

Northern Territory Government has announced a bevy of immediate measures to help stimulate the economy, including bringing back a bigger and better Home Improvement Scheme which will inject $60 Million into the economy in the coming months.

Chief Minister Gunner also recently announced major reforms to the Government’s Buy Local initiative to make improvements and support job creation.