The Territory Government is developing Tennant Creek as the resources services hub of the Territory to create jobs and boost the economy.
Highlighting the government’s plans for the Barkly region, NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will speak at the Barkly Regional Resources and Economic Development Conference.
“We want to create jobs in Tennant and the surrounding area, and maximise opportunities for local communities. That means making sure industry understands our plans for the region,” Mr Vowles said.
“The Barkly Regional Resources and Economic Development Conference is the ideal opportunity for this government to share its vision for the Barkly while engaging with industry and stakeholders.”
Mr Vowles said the government is pursuing a number of strategies to realise the Barkly’s potential.
“We are providing new geological data and information to attract new exploration activity that could lead to new discoveries,” he said.
“This helps lower risks for the industry and gives the Territory a competitive advantage in attracting exploration investment.”
Mr Vowles said progress is being made in the region, with the opening of the Edna Beryl Gold Mine earlier in 2017 and construction starting on Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline, which has seen local businesses winning tenders.
“These two projects show the variety of opportunities available in the Barkly,” Mr Vowles said. “Add to that the pastoral industry, which is a strong contributor to the Tennant Creek economy, and the horticultural possibilities – we are currently trialling different varieties of mangoes to see if crops are viable in the region – and there are plenty of opportunities.
“These are all great developments in the Barkly, and will help boost employment and the economy of the area.”
Source: NT Government