Chief Minister Visits Recipient Of Immediate Work Grants Package

Chief Minister Visits Recipient Of Immediate Work Grants Package

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

$9 Million And More Jobs Generated By Government Package

Victor P Taffa

Almost $9 Million has been injected into the local economy through the Territory Government’s Immediate Work Grants, introduced last year to get money flowing quickly into the economy and to support local jobs.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today visited the premises of the latest grant recipient Helping People Achieve (HPA) that are spending $280,000 to upgrade their workshop and offices in Winnellie.

Immediate Work Grants were introduced by Government to enable funds to flow quickly to smaller contractors in the construction sector over six months, ahead of $120 Million of fast-tracked projects commencing later this year.

“We acted quickly and decisively, listening to Territorians to get money flowing into the economy and to support jobs by introducing a $22 Million Immediate Work Stimulus Package.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“It’s estimated the scheme has so far generated a total economic impact of $17 Million.”

“This includes $9 Million direct to businesses and tradies, including more than 150 Territory businesses and 81 community and not-for-profit organisations. The funds received by HPA will enable the organisation to upgrade its workshop facility for its employees, and includes electrical, plumbing and construction works.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

HPA Chief Executive Officer Tony Burns said an unprecedented demand for its services and products in the past three years had increased awareness of the organisation, meaning upgrades were necessary.

“Our existing HPA administration office and our Kokoda Industries workshop complex were opened in 1978 and this invaluable support from the NT Government will allow us to considerably improve and update our employee’s working environment, our productivity and our staff support amenities.” Mr. Burns said.

HPA will co-contribute $100,000 in funding, and the organisation will use Territory businesses Fredbuild and Delta Electrics to carry out the work.