The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Aug 2018
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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 2018 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Government bonus scheme hopes to lure wanted workers long term THE Gunner Government will hand out one-off cash bonuses to lure workers to the Territory. The Local Benefit Bonus will be paid to workers in a number of highpriority skilled occupations. But theres a catch only new Territorians will receive it. Recipients will be able to spend the payment locally on things including vehicle registration, child care and with local restaurants. Chief Minister Michael Gunner will reveal more details about the payment when he today unveils his long-awaited population plan. Its hoped the plan will arrest population decline and get the Northern Territorys economy moving again. The population plan will detail a $13.8 million spend to attract and retain workers in key groups including women and late-career workers. The Sunday Territorian revealed jobs on the NT Governments wishlist included childcare workers, chefs, property managers and hairdressers. Pilots, engineers, plumbers and electricians are among the most wanted, as are forklift drivers, early childhood teachers, cabinet makers and aquaculture farmers. Creating local jobs is the Territory Labor Governments absolute priority. Increasing our population means more jobs, Mr Gunner said. This plan will grow the Terri torys population and create local jobs. No other Territory government has been this serious and strategic about population growth and job creation. The population plan has a target to return the growth rate to 1.4 per cent, from a recent low of 0.6 per cent. The Government says it is expected to create 21,000 jobs in the next 10 years and provide a $10 billion boost to the Territory economy. Young women, late-career workers and sticky international migrants will be the targets. Filipino migrants to the Territory are the most likely to stay long term while those from Western Europe, including those from the UK, mirrored interstate Australians in their migration patterns, staying for just a few years before moving south. Green light for purple plan It's good to promote it, but we need to have things Australians 'want' plus things in place to ensure standards are met before doing so. The network I speak amongst discuss these topics daily. Khayla De Ausen young professional The Territory hasn't had a positive rebranding in a while and it is a great place to live. We need more people up here to realise and to see what we've actually got. It's Australia's best kept secret. John Armstrong owner operator at Affordable Plumbing NT I think it is a great thing, it is a beautiful place to live. I only moved here six weeks ago and so far I feel like I'm on a holiday all the time. Meg Caffrey nurse at Royal Darwin Hospital I think lot of people think we are a bunch of ockers and we're not. There are good restaurants and great places to go. It's a nice oasis to live. Prue Barnard mother of four MANY Territorians surveyed since the launch of the NT Governments Boundless Possible campaign are supportive of the new initiative. The NT News online poll yes terday, which saw 827 votes cast in a matter of hours, showed that 49.58 per cent liked the Territorys new masterbrand, with 38.81 per cent saying they were against it. A further 11.61 per cent said they were still deciding on how they felt about the concept. A cross-section of Darwinites, most of whom were the ideal target market for the new campaign, told the NT News their thoughts. Three out of four gave resoundingly positive feedback and one participant stated that while it was good to promote the NT, there were issues that still need to be sorted out to make it an ideal place to move to. More than 700 Territorians and 2000 people living interstate and overseas provided input to the $1.5 million project. Victorian creative company Royals Place Brand Consortium was appointed at the start of the year to come up with the message, which will be a part of a campaign to target 2.8 million committed opportunists open to living, working, studying or investing in the NT. CHELSEA HEANEY * Conditions Apply, see www.cheesecake.com.au/terms. Open to Australian and New Zealand residents only. Competition starts on 31/7/18 at 12.01am AEST. Entries close on 02/9/18 at 11.59pm AEST. Winners announced on facebook.com/thecheesecakeshop by 07/9/18. TCS4635-A/LN WIN DAD A MAN CAVE UPGRADE WIN DAD A 4 X $5,000 CASH UPGRADES TO BE WON! SIMPLY MAKE A PURCHASE ONLINE OR IN-STORE AND TELL US IN 25 WORDS OR LESS WHY YOUR DAD DESERVES A MAN CAVE RENO BEFORE 2/9/18. VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS. TOTAL CASH PRIZE POOL $20, 000 * cheesecake.com.au/fathersday Parap | Shops 12 & 13, 34-36 Parap Road, Parap | p. 8981 5600 | Palmerston | Shop T50, Gateway Shopping Centre, Yarrawonga | p. 8932 5237 | Open 7 Days
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