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12 NEWS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 INDUSTRY welcomed Defence Minister Senator Marise Paynes assurance procurement changes will be delivered. Senator Payne told 180business people following a keynote speech the promises regarding local participation would amount to more than an episode of the ABC satirical comedy Utopia. The Minister was asked about a connection during an extended question and answer session. The most recent episode covered the launch of a major defence white paper. I dont have to watch Utopia ... I live it every day, she said. The local industry capability plan pilot is a significant step in making local industry participate more in the work we do. Enabling them to compete and win. Master Builders Association NT executive director Dave Malone said Senator Payne had been a straight shooter in all the industry discussions and he expected the plan and the smaller work packages to be delivered. I have no doubt whatsoever we will see local industry getting the opportunity and winning this work, he said. Master Builders has been lobbying for changes and requiring managing contractors to use smaller work packages. We did not land in Canberra with begging bowls. What we said was that small, early, procurement decisions shaped projects and those decisions could either design in local participation, or potentially, design it out. NT Senator Nigel Scullion said the initiative will ensure local business is properly considered. The Territory is home to many skilled businesses in the construction industry. This initiative will ensure they are fully considered for the projects, he said. Deputy Chief Minister Ni cole Manison and Labors Solomon MHR Luke Gosling praised the decision of the Turnbull Government. Ms Manison said the changes could help deliver thousands of local jobs. Defence is 7 per cent of the Territory economy and its future activities and investment will help shape the Territorys economy for decades to come, she said. Creating local jobs is a huge focus of our government and working with Federal Defence will play a huge part in that. Mr Gosling said the decision was positive but wanted to ensure it is enforced. For any plan to work the crucial thing is always enforcement making sure the larger prime contractors actually engage the local companies they commit to engaging, he said. Civil Contractors Feder ation Northern Territory chief executive Neil Halligan said small to medium civil construction companies will be the major beneficiaries of this new approach by Defence. Minister praised for procurement changes Australian Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne addresses Darwin business representatives at the Hilton Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY ASHLEY MANICAROS Truckie honoured VETERAN Katherine truckie Jeff Fulwood has been recognised for his contribution to Australias transport industry. Mr Fulwood, who has been involved in the industry his entire adult life and comes from a family of drivers, was inducted into the into the Wall of Fame at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Mr Fulwood said, Im thrilled to be on display alongside Bertha and my 1909 Daimler Renard, which are also at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Students graduate THIRTEEN students from a remote Northern Territory community have graduated from the new Aboriginal Marine Training Program with a Certificate II in Fishing Operations. Eight students have completed their Coxswains training. Primary Industry and Resources Minister Ken Vowles said the program created real jobs for indigenous Territorians in communities. Katherine success Katherine Netball Association has been recognised for its extensive work in creating a safe, inclusive and welcome environment through the game of netball. The association has been named one of eight winners in the 2017 Australia Post One Netball Community Awards. The award recognised its facilitating the involvement of players from a remote indigenous school by accommodating their needs around travel and registration. Rotarians welcome DARWIN Rotarians are invited to a conference this weekend. The Rotary International event will run from 1pm today, to noon on Sunday, September 3. Each year, past, present, and incoming district and senior leaders of Rotary have the opportunity to attend a Rotary Institute held somewhere in Australia or New Zealand to share information and exchange ideas. 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