Chief Minister Michael Gunner has today revealed the NT’s Five Point Gas Strategy.
Announced as part of NT Resources Week, the strategy is expected to drive the government’s vision for the Territory as a world class hub for gas production, manufacturing and services by 2030.
Creating local jobs is the number one priority of the government, Mr Gunner said today at the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference in Darwin.
"Diversifying our economy, investing in job-creating infrastructure, turbo-charging tourism, growing our population, repositioning the Territory as a place of opportunity, to visit, study, do business, invest, live and raise a family – these will all create more jobs for more Territorians.
"There is enormous opportunity in the Territory for the diversification of the gas industry, which will create many hundreds of local jobs,” Mr Gunner said.
The strategy includes five targets:
1. Get more LNG in Darwin and expand Darwin’s LNG Export Hub.
2. Grow the gas supply and service industry
3. Establish a gas manufacturing industry
4. Grow research, innovation and training capacity and;
5. Contribute to national energy security on the East Coast.
Mr Gunner announced the re-establishment of the NT Gas Task Force to implement the strategy, with Paul Tyrell as its Chair.
A NT Government spokesman said the establishment of a gas manufacturing industry is fundamental to the strategy to create jobs and drive population growth.
The government recently released its 2018 – 2028 Population Growth Strategy, with a goal to return the NT’s population to historical averages.
And the Territory is already seeing some strategies implemented.
Most recently, the NT Government unveiled The Territory – Boundless Possible, a $1.5m brand change to encourage people to invest, do business, live and work in the Top End.
And attracting early career women, mid and late career workers and migrants through cash payments of up to $7000 for those who enter occupations on the Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List.
The announcement was made at the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference in Darwin, as part of NT Resources Week.
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