Two major projects in the Northern Territory are anticipated to deliver around 2150 jobs through investments worth around $1.5 billion.
The most significant project is that of ‘Sea Dragon’, a project worth $1.45 billion, which focuses on the development of advanced prawn aquaculture production facilities at NT’s Legune Station, approximately 130km northeast of Kununurra, WA.
Project Sea Dragon will support up to 1500 jobs and bolster the Territory's growing aquaculture industry, with major infrastructure works due to begin in 2019.
The mega prawn project is expected to produce over 100,000 tonnes of black tiger prawns per year.
“Project Sea Dragon is exactly the kind of major project the NT needs. It will create up to 1500 jobs, and it diversifies the Territory’s economy by delivering a new industry for Australia,” said NT Chief Minister, Michael Gunner.
“We have already invested over $56 million in roads that will help support this massive job-creating project."
According to the Northern Land Council, the first stage of Project Sea Dragon will include a new power station, a water treatment plant, three new farms with 120 ponds over 1120 hectares, a seawater channel and pump at Forsyth Creek, a freshwater channel running from a station dam, a main discharge channel for Alligator Creek, along with general accommodation buildings, offices and workshops.
Minister Ken Vowles shared the Chief Minister’s sentiments, saying that the industry growth “will play a big role in the economic development of Northern Australia, and Project Sea Dragon is a big part of that.”
“As well as delivering a new industry for Australia – driven from the Territory – it will create hundreds of permanent jobs, including for Aboriginal Territorians”
Another major project is the construction of the Westin Darwin Hotel, worth $200 million, which will create 500 construction jobs and 150 ongoing operational jobs.
The Westin Darwin Hotel has notably used the Industry Capability Network gateway (ICN), allowing developers to find and utilise local Territory businesses for a variety of works and services.
“Creating local jobs is the number one priority of this government, and one of the best ways to create jobs is through private investment in the Territory,” said NT Chief Minister, Michael Gunner.
“The Territory Labor Government is doing significant work to attract more private investment into the NT by facilitating projects such as these, and by letting the world know we are open for business, through events like Facing North in Canberra and our recent trip to China."
Source: Government of Northern Territory & Northern Land Council