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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Regional Northern Territory businesses will continue to access all the services provided by the Business Services Program and will receive a high level service from both visiting councillors and officers. The arrangements that are in place in Katherine ... Mr Bell: I would sack the author. Mr STONE: I just might too, Neil, I just might. The arrangements that are in place in Katherine and Tennant Creek provide for clients in those centres to access the services of the BARA business facilitator in the departments office. During the 1995-96 financial year, a part-time officer from the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be located in the departments Tennant Creek office. This will result in a truly one-stop shop for business clients in that centre. The department will continue to support the Industry Search and Opportunities Office, known as the ISO, and its work to maximise local purchasing. An amount of some $515 000 has been identified to support the work of the ISO in 1995-96. As well as continuing to support the general work of that agency through both the Darwin and Alice Springs offices, the departments support will ensure the continued employment of a specialist mining industry project officer. This will ensure that the experience and success achieved with local purchasing by operators from the McArthur River mining project will continue with other existing and future mining projects. Provision has also been made for continuing support for a number of important business and industry awards during the year. Among these will be the Northern Territory Enterprise Awards, Youth Business Awards, the Northern Territory Fashion Awards and the Business Woman of the Year Awards. Through the Export Marketing Assistance Scheme, a further $100 000 will be made available to support the efforts of Northern Territory businesses to develop export markets. The department carried out a review of the Export Marketing Assistance Scheme in consultation with private industry and related industry associations in 1994. The revised EMAS program is now in operation. In the 1995-96 financial year, it is estimated that there will be at least a 25% increase in applications by Northern Territory businesses for reimbursement of some of their costs incurred in pursuing export markets. The department will continue to support the activities of business and industry associations during 1995-96. Support for the Business Womens Consultative Council, through the provision of secretariat and administrative assistance by the Business Services Group, will continue. Mrs Padgham-Purich interjecting. Mr STONE: In addition, there will be continuation of the support of Non-profit Business in the Community Ltd, which provides assistance, through secondment of an executive officer from the department, to people who are starting, or who have recently established, a business. I hope that the member for Nelson supports the Business Womens Consultative Group. 3523