Article – NT residents have their say on development

13 August 2014
Amy Whittaker
The Office of Northern Australia is holding regional summits in the Northern Territory over the next few weeks to urge Territorians to have their say on the development agenda.
The summits provide an opportunity for the public to question and raise ideas with ministers and private sector representatives, the first of it’s kind being held in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs today.
General manager Luke Bowen says the territory Government is trying to take the lead nationally and drive a focus on northern Australian development, as all Territorians are given a say on the national development agenda.
Mr Bowen says “it’s part of a broader strategy to engage with what they call the ‘white paper’ process, which means Canberra has the opportunity to take a strong position on the process of northern Australian development”.
Referring to opportunities across a wide range of sectors from primary industries, mining, health and education, Mr Bowen says attention needs to be focused on the development issues at hand.
Public submissions on the Federal Governments Green Paper in developing Northern Australia closed just last week.
The Green Paper released in June aims to ensure the north is able to achieve its full potential through greater investment in infrastructure, jobs and services.
Courtesy of NRN