Department of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory Government

Territory Development


10th Assembly


19. Territory Development

Ms Carney to MINISTER for Chief Minister

Territory Development

1. Chief Minister Budget estimate for Territory Developmentin 2004-05 was $6.856m; Why the cut of almost half a million to the 2005-06 Budget.
2. Could you please give an insight as to what is happening in the area of Territory Development.
3. Detail the development projects that the Office has had carriage of in 2004/2005 and the projects forecast for 2005/2006.


Answered on 10/02/2006

1. The decrease from the 2004-05 Estimate to the 2005-06 Budget of $0.5 million is mainly the result of the one-off project funding during 2004-05, offset by full year funding of the Alcan position in Gove.
2. Revised agency arrangements in July 2005 resulted in the transfer of the Economic Development Strategy, Innovation and Knowledge Economy and Tourism Infrastructure functions of the Office of Territory Development to the new Department of Business, Economic and Regional Development.
3. The table below details projects within the Office of Territory Development during 2004-05.
ALCAN G3 ExpansionFacilitation of the $2.0bn expansion of the existing alumina refinery in Gove.
Blacktip Gas ProjectTaskforce leadership and facilitation of the project.
Trans-Territory PipelineTaskforce leadership and facilitation of the project.
Darwin Helium PlantOn going facilitation of the $33M Helium Plant proposed for Darwin’s Wickham Point.
Downstream Gas-Based Manufacturing StudyMajor economic study of the key parameters associated with a diversity of possible projects arising out of Timor Sea gas projects.
Construction Costs Study Update study into the cost competitiveness of Darwin as a location for major capital projects.
SEAAOC 2005Jointly hosted another successful conference focused on oil issues in the region.
Thailand Study MissionChief Minister’s Mission to Thailand to inspect gas and petrochemical products.
Japan VisitChief Minister’s visit to Japan to continue the development of relationships with key petroleum and petrochemical firms.
International Shipping LinksParticipation in negotiations between shipping lines and freight forwarders on new shipping services.

Hai Win trial shipments – Nov 04 and March 05

Bootu-Creek MineCoordination of development of the $11M Bulk Materials Handling Facility at East Arm.
Tsunami Relief EffortsCo-ordinated and funded NT Government assistance to the Tsunami Relief efforts by the Territory community including:

The purchase and provision of 11 containers to move the donated relief aid to Sri Lanka and Indonesia;
The funding of shipping costs for moving the aid from Singapore to Sri Lanka;
The engagement of professional freight forwarding expertise to assist the Territory volunteers; and
Volunteer efforts of staff to assist in the packing of the containers.

Supply Chain StudiesAustralian Wine Exports

Mining and Chemical Reagents

Apparel and Footwear Imports

Automotive and Tyre Industry Workshop

Skilled Recruitment Campaign (Stage 2 underway)Promotion of the employment opportunities in the Territory to key markets in Australia and New Zealand.
Katherine Investment Attraction Strategy (underway)Formalising an Investment Strategy focused on Katherine and immediate environs.
New Tourism ResortFacilitation of $10M Voyages Wildman River Resort.

Establishment of NT Research and Innovation BoardNew board established (predominantly private sector) to advise on Tropical/ Desert Knowledge and grants from $1M fund.

Innovation FundGrant offers made to 16 projects.
Innovation AwardsInaugural Awards for Science and Innovation established.
Leadership in Desert Knowledge CRCConvene the Governance theme for the CRC.

The table below lists projects planned in the Office of Territory Development for 2005-06 prior to the July revised agency arrangements.

Blacktip Gas ProjectWork with Joint Venture on new options for field developments.

Trans-Territory PipelineWork with Alcan to capture the key project elements for a future project and undertake an orderly winding down of facilitation efforts.
Alcan G3 SIAManage the issues associated with development of social impact management plans for the G3 Expansion project.
Tourism InfrastructureLead the Tourism Infrastructure Taskforce with a focus on opportunities for private sector investment.
DefenceParticipation in the Defence Taskforce
Downstream GasLead the Downstream Gas working group established by the Onshore Gas Taskforce.
Helium PlantFacilitation of the $33M Helium Plant planned for Wickham Point.
Indonesia MOCNegotiation of a Memorandum of Co-operation with the Government of Indonesia on energy projects in the region.
Construction Cost StudyA new consultancy to update the 2001 study now that 2 real world projects are underway.
Downstream Gas-Based ManufacturingA significant consultancy to identify the key economic drivers and impediments to establishing a downstream based industry in the Territory.
New Shipping ServicesPromoting and facilitating the establishment of new shipping services to the Territory based around the rail and port facilities
Freight Flow StudiesUndertaking supply chain studies to identify new trade opportunities for the Territory, including chemical reagents, apparel and textiles, the needs of Big W (Woolworths) and freight flows from Vietnam to Australia.
Darwin Business ParkEncouraging and negotiating with prospective investors in the Park
Katherine Freight TerminalFacilitating new cold store investments by major Freight Forwarders at the Katherine rail head.
Bootu CreekCo-ordination of the development of new bulk materials handling facilities at East Arm.
Global Freight ConnectDevelopment and hosting of the 2005 Global Freight Connect Conference in October.
Katherine Investment Attraction StudyA study into the key investment opportunities in the region.
Tropical KnowledgeSupport for the collaborative agreement with QLD and WA, the Seniors Officers Group, North Australian Infectious Diseases Alliance, Tropical Rivers Environmental Project and collaboration between CRC’s based in the North.
Desert KnowledgeSupport to the Southern Region on the arrangements for Desert Knowledge Australia. Theme leadership on Governance and coordination of across Government participation and commitment to the Desert Knowledge CRC.
NTRIBSupport the operations of the Board including the administration of the Innovation Fund grants program.
Last updated: 04 Aug 2016