The Territory Labor Government has today announced two leaders to turbocharge investment and major projects, and drive a $40 billion economy by 2030.
Jason Schoolmeester will take on the role of the Territory’s Major Projects Commissioner.
Andrew Cowan will continue as the Territory’s Investment Commissioner, following more than three months in the interim position.
Jason Schoolmeester has held key leadership positions in the Territory over the past decade. During this time, he has been a driving force in economic and industry development initiatives in energy, manufacturing, infrastructure, aquaculture, mining, defence and national security and space.
He led the successful competitive process to secure development of the Northern Gas Pipeline, and also served as a commercial lawyer for seven years.
Andrew Cowan has extensive experience delivering complex projects and driving strategic government priorities, most recently for Investment Territory, national security and defence and regional development.
He secured a $355.5 million investment package for the Future of Jabiru and Kakadu, through partnering with Traditional Owners, the Commonwealth and Energy Resources Australia. Over the last 18 months he has also worked on advancing the Territory’s digital capabilities and has been driving international sub-sea cable connectivity that will provide links from Darwin to Asia and America.
The Territory is home to about $11 billion worth of major projects, and there is about $35 billion worth of planned and proposed projects that are also in the pipeline.
These roles are a key part of the Territory’s strengthened approach to winning investment to support the Territory’s economic growth.
Both commissioners will provide monthly progress reports to the Chief Minister and twice-yearly reports to Cabinet.
An annual report card on the activities and deliverables of each role will be publicly released.
Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner:
“The commissioners will play a massive role in growing the Territory’s economy and putting us on the map when it comes to new investment.
“The Major Projects Commissioner will push current projects to get to their next big step, while the Investment Commissioner will always be hunting the next big opportunity.
“These leaders go hand in hand with economic development, and they will play an exciting role in our comeback.”
Quotes from Minister for Mining and Industry, Nicole Manison:
“The commissioners will be so important for growing industry, and making the Territory the best place to do business.
“They will also be pivotal in creating new jobs and more opportunities for Territorians, which is key to keeping our economy turning.”
Quotes from Chamber of Commerce NT CEO, Greg Ireland:
“The Chamber of Commerce welcomes these appointments, both Andrew and Jason bring extensive experience and capability to these critical roles.
“We look forward to engaging with them to achieve significant outcomes for the benefit of the entire Northern Territory community.”