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Published on : Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Mr Giles said the Federal Treasurer’s visit provided a great opportunity to outline the Territory Government’s vision for Darwin as Australia’s gateway to the burgeoning Asian economies and as a major base for defence and maritime industries.
“Unlocking the full potential of Northern Australia will boost our nation’s prosperity – increasing exports and job opportunities to position us among the world’s top economies,” he said.
“We are eagerly awaiting the Federal Government’s White Paper on Northern Australia, as it is a chance to build an economic platform and create jobs for future generations of Australians while ensuring those things that make Northern Australia unique are protected.
“The development of Northern Territory and Darwin infrastructure must be a key national priority, and we are keen to see how the Federal Government’s $5 billion concessional loans program will work to support infrastructure projects in the North.
“We want to open up the Northern Territory. We want to connect people, communities and businesses to grow jobs for the future.
“It’s important policymakers in Canberra understand the need to make a long term commitment to grow the north.”
Mr Giles provided the Treasurer with a detailed overview of the existing defence and commercial infrastructure facilities including Frances Bay, East Arm Port, the marine supply base and Conoco Phillips gas operations.
The Treasurer flew over the INPEX onshore gas plant and the site of the proposed Marine Industry Park, a multi-million dollar multi-user facility aimed at defence and maritime service and resupply contracts.
Mr Hockey and Mr Giles also looked at potential sites for a floating LNG barge.
“We will take every opportunity we can to push the Northern Territory’s case and showcase what we have to offer, and I was pleased the Treasurer made the time to be briefed on the exciting developments already underway and in the pipeline,” Mr Giles said.