Buy Local Policy Gives a Boost to Local Construction Jobs

The January 2020 construction update shows the Territory Labor Government’s infrastructure investments are putting local businesses and local workers first.

During the month of January, 33 construction contracts valued at $17.8 million were awarded to local businesses, with the work directly supporting 65 local jobs and hundreds more indirectly.

Every single dollar in these projects is going to local Territory businesses who are hiring Territory workers.

So far in this financial year, more than 99 per cent of the 276 tendered projects valued at $315 million have been awarded to Territory local businesses.

And there are currently 22 further construction tenders out to market work more than $17 million – which will support more than 50 direct Territory jobs and many more indirectly.

These new infrastructure projects include:

  • Works to improve Kinjurra Road in Tennant Creek;
  • Upgrades to Yulara School in the Alice Springs region;
  • Improvement works on Gimbat Road in the Darwin region;
  • Maintenance and installation of services in the East Arnhem Region; and
  • Remote housing projects across the Territory.

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

After tough times, the Territory economy is on the road to recovery – 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.

Last year we completed more than 40 key infrastructure projects, which supported more than 3,000 local jobs in the construction sector.

The Government has also brought projects forward – such as the $50 million Mandorah Jetty project which will commence this year – so that local businesses have a pipeline of work that supports local jobs.

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