Buy Local Boosting Territory Jobs

The April 2020 construction update shows the Territory Labor Government’s infrastructure investments are putting local business and local workers first, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

During the month of April, 45 construction contracts valued at $17.1 million were awarded to local business, with work directly supporting 70 local jobs and hundreds more indirectly.

100 per cent of these works went to local Northern Territory businesses.

There are currently a further 29 construction tenders out to market worth more than $105 million, which will support many more jobs for Territorians.

These new infrastructure projects include:

  • Improvements to Lajamanu School
  • Upgrades to Port Keats Road
  • Upgrades to Gillen Primary School in Alice Springs
  • Improvements to Trower Road and Sabine Road in Darwin; and
  • Remote housing works.

The Territory Labor Government’s top priority is jobs for Territorians. We will always put local jobs first.

After tough times with the Coronavirus pandemic, the Territory economy is on the road to our new normal – and we’re doing it with jobs, not cuts.

Our Buy Local Policy ensures the majority of every Territory dollar spent is retained within the NT, and delivers benefits for the Territory’s economy and communities.

As stated by the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler:

“Our Government is backing Territory businesses – making sure that local jobs come first.

“During coronavirus we have supported local business and local jobs, creating more than 70 Territory jobs during the month April.

“We’re investing in infrastructure for the Territory because it’s good for local businesses and it’s good for local jobs.

“Our Buy Local rules put local jobs and local businesses first, and continuing to roll out our 10-year infrastructure plan will provide certainty, grow the economy and create more jobs for the future.”

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