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AFTER four years of the CLP the
NT economy is slowing with busi-
Territory Labor’s jobs agenda reflects
a sensible community-engaged strategy
with economic summits guiding a long-
term infrastructure investment plan.
However Labor must also act with
urgency embarking on a significant
capital works program that will invest
in, support and stimulate small business.
The Territory Labor Government an-
nounced it has listened to local contrac-
tors and small businesses and acted by
introducing an improved Home Improve-
ment Scheme (HIS).
The bigger and better HIS will comple-
ment Government’s $22 million Immedi-
ate Works Stimulus Package currently
being rolled out.
Key features of the bigger and better
Home Improvement Scheme are:
Territorians who HAVE already re-
ceived a $2,000 voucher can access it
Territorians who HAVE NOT previ-
ously accessed a $2000 voucher can now
access a one-off $4,000 voucher.
Up to 50 per cent of the voucher can
be used towards the cost of goods and
materials, which reflects the nature of
Subcontracting is now allowed under
the scheme, meaning tradies can now get
help from tradies with other skills also
registered as part of the scheme.
Applications can be made until 31
December 2017 unless the $15 million
funding is exhausted.
Businesses can register now.
Home owner’s applications commence
from 20 February 2017.
In addition to the HIS the Territory
Labor Government has also begun roll-
ing out its $22 million Immediate Works
Stimulus Package which will be fully
allocated over the next four months.
Also previously announced the Labor
Government has fast-tracked $120 mil-
lion worth of infrastructure spending into
the second half of 2017 and introduced a
30 per cent buy-local program.
The Chief Minister listened to industry
feedback making the decision to not
only extend the Home Improvement
Scheme, but to significantly boost it
complementing a raft of programs to
For information on the bigger and better
Home Improvement Scheme visit www.
For information on the Immediate
Works Stimulus Package visit www.im-
Barkly Electorate public housing con-
struction and refurbishment is both at
tender and underway including upgrades
of 21 remote community housing dwell-
ings at Ali Curung under the National
Partnership for Remote Australia.
A tender for the construction of 12
new houses at Wutunugurra (Epenarra)
and demolition and construction of 2 x
3 bedroom dwellings (18 Standley St
and 19 Scheelite St) and construction of
1 x 3 bedroom dwelling (12 Bornite St)
in Tennant Creek represents additional
regional economic stimulus.
Housing and construction underpins
Labor’s economic policy and strong
voice in Government for the Barkly!
stimulus for Territorians
Member for Barkly
BARKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE: Phone 8962 4641. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What jobs do you want created? Where do you see our future industries and
areas for investment?
The Northern Territory Government is partnering with Territorians to develop
an economic framework that will shape the Territory’s future.
Have your say by attending a public forum or providing feedback and
For more information visit economicsummit.nt.gov.au
Have your say on the
Territory’s economic future
What do you want the Territory’s future to look like?
BOOTU Creek has reopened and
production is set to start soon.
The manganese mine, 100 kilometres
north of Tennant Creek, went into ad-
ministration over a year ago after the ore
Around 140 workers were laid off and
operations were suspended in Decem-
ber 2015 but by mid year 2016, sales
of around 185,000 tonnes of stockpiled
ore returned enough revenue to pay
redundant workers about $4.5 million
Contractors received partial debt
In December, the company’s wholly
owned subsidiary, OM Manganese,
received approvals to restart the mine.
While production has not yet started,
three mining crews have been hired to
prepare for the commencement of mining
activity within the coming weeks.
The NT Department of Resources
approved a new mining management
plan after officers inspected the mine
site in December and were satisfied the
company had dealt with environmental
In 2012, OM Manganese became the
first company to be successfully pros-
ecuted under Australian law for desecrat-
ing a sacred site.
In other Bootu Creek news, this week
a plane became bogged on the Bootu
Creek airstrip following muddy condi-
tions caused by heavy rains.
Specialist equipment had to be trans-
ported to the site to free the plane.
Bootu Creek mine reopens
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