Gunner Govt Releases Draft Economic Development Framework

Gunner Govt Releases Draft Economic Development Framework

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Our Economic Future: More Jobs and Better Lifestyle

Victor P Taffa

Gunner Territory Government today released its Draft Economic Development Framework in the lead-up to the final Darwin and Alice Springs Economic Summits, setting out actions that will help create more jobs and make the Territory a better place to live.

“I took a clear Territory Jobs Plan to the election to get money flowing locally and to provide certainty and restore confidence to Territory business.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“Development of an Economic Development Framework in full consultation with all sectors and the community was part of the Jobs Plan we took to the election and will help shape the Territory’s economic development over the next 10 years.”

Draft document has been informed through a series of mini-Economic Summits held across the Territory announced by the Gunner Government upon coming to office.

More than 600 people have been involved in the consultation process.

Discussion draft of the Northern Territory Government’s 10 Year Infrastructure Plan will also be released today, which includes proposed and planned Territory infrastructure projects.

Territory Government wants to drive economic development to create jobs and improve living standards for current and future Territorians.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“While we are planning for the future with clear, long-term plans for the economy, we have also addressed the urgency to get money flowing into the economy by announcing 37 new or fast-tracked projects across the NT.”

“We have also released a $22 Million Immediate Works Package and brought back an improved Home Improvement Scheme to get work to smaller businesses and tradies.”

This draft Economic Development Framework has been co designed and developed in consultation with business and industry, Indigenous leaders, community stakeholders, non-government and government representatives.

An External Reference Group of business and community leaders also contributed to its development.

“By working together industry, government and the non-government sectors can identify and drive initiatives that will bring investment and jobs to the Territory.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“I look forward to hearing your feedback on this draft Framework and to presenting a final Economic Development Framework that has broad industry and community support during May.”

Two final summits will be held in Alice Springs on Friday and in Darwin next week, Friday 31 March 2017. All documents are open to public feedback until April 3.