Australian Industry Defence Network NT (AIDN-NT) Backs Ship Lift Project

Australian Industry Defence Network NT (AIDN-NT) Backs Ship Lift Project

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Industry Embraces Plan For Northern Territory Ship Lift

Victor P Taffa

Support for the Northern Territory Government’s Ship Lift is gaining momentum with the Australian Industry Defence Network NT (AIDN-NT) backing the project.

AIDN-NT has thrown industry support behind last week’s announcement that the Territory Government will build Northern Australia’s largest Ship Lift.

“We will build a new Ship Lift in Darwin. This will mean more permanent jobs and bring a significant economic injection into the Northern Territory.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“We know constructing a Ship Lift is the right thing to do for the Territory. The backing of industry heavy weights like the Australian Industry Defence Network NT, confirms that.”

Project will create 100 jobs during construction, 400 ongoing jobs and inject $260 Million into the economy every year.

Not-for-profit organisation believes the Ship Lift will transform the local maritime services industry, opening up economic opportunities and creating jobs.

AIDN-NT is the premier representative body for small to medium enterprises working in the Defence industry in the Northern Territory. The organisation offers a range of services, training and support aimed at enhancing the ability of business to win Defence work and succeed in the industry.

Nation needs a Ship Lift in Northern Australia to repair and sustain large vessels including Naval vessels.

Current commercial Ship Lift facilities in Darwin are aging and small, and the ship lift at the Coonawarra Naval Base is due to be decommissioned by 2024.

A new Ship Lift fits into the AIDN-NT’s strategic approach to strengthen the industry with the recent establishment of a Maritime Maintenance Service Support Alliance.

“AIDN-NT is optimistic about the future of the NT Defence Industry. We are pleased to be able to support the NT Government and its plans to build a Ship Lift, and do believe that this is critical if the NT wants to secure its place as a strategic location that provides the necessary support to key allies within global Military and Commercial markets.” AIDN-NT CEO, Kerryn Smith said.

Alliance is designed to position the local industry as a collective that can service larger national and international opportunities. Similarly, the Alliance will connect businesses with local suppliers who are accredited, bid savvy and export ready

Northern Territory Government has committed $100 Million for the $400 Million project at East Arm. Additional funding is being sought through the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).

NAIF Chair Khory McCormick last week confirmed the due diligence process to consider a loan for the project is well underway. A decision is expected by the end of the year.

Abbreviations:

NT                   Northern Territory