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katherine Times Wed 01 May 2013



katherine Times Wed 01 May 2013


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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v. 31 issue 16

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2 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MAY 1, 2013 www.katherinetimes.com.au REPRESENTATIVES from Katherines new luxury hotel, Cicada Lodge, and Nitmiluk Tours have spent fours days at the largest international travel trade show in the southern hemisphere in their bid to lure more tourists to the region. Tourism and Major Events Minister Matt Conlan joined 22 tourism businesses from across the Territory at the Australian Tourism Exchange, which annually brings Australian tourism businesses together with airlines and tourism distributors from around the world. Growing the Territorys tourism industry is an absolute priority and a strong Australian Tourism Exchange delegation is important to our success, Mr Conlan said. Mr Conlan said the four day event gave local operators the opportunity to provide existing clients with product and pricing updates, gather market intelligence to develop new and improved experiences, meet with international buyers and negotiate new contracts. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of new initiatives and marketing strategies since August last year in an effort to turn around 11 years of declines in visitation ... Mr Conlan said. The Country Liberals Government is also committed to developing Northern Australia and as such Im pleased our regions (were) well represented at the ATE with operators from Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, the Katherine region, Kakadu and Arnhem land as well as Darwin. The annual show was attended by buyers from Japan, North Asia, South East Asia, India and the Gulf countries, Europe, the Americas, Africa, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Minister for Business David Tollner said the Territory Government is committed to building a bigger economy and exchanges such as these were extremely important. Our tourism industry accounts for 12 per cent of the Territorys jobs this is jobs for around 14,000 people a significant number, Mr Tollner said. Events like the Australian Tourism Exchange go a long way towards raising the profile of our businesses globally and Im delighted to see 22 of our local businesses will be represented in Sydney and an additional 20 national tourism companies will be promoting their Northern Territory tourism product. Nitmiluk Tours shows off region at travel expo >> news New mine could create 400 jobs in the region THE Territorys resources sector continues to grow, with a mining venture signed off last week to further boost the economy and create an extra 400 jobs. Australian iron ore exploration and development company, Sherwin Iron, signed a Project Facilitation Agreement with the NT Government to open up the Roper River for mining of iron ore. Deputy Chief Minister David Tollner said the agreement outlined how the government and Sherwin Iron would work together to address critical matters such as maximising local industry and employment opportunities, freight logistics and transport, and environmental protection. The Sherwin Iron project will create 200 jobs in the construction phase and 400 by the time its fully operational, Mr Tollner said. Many of the workers will be sourced from the region including local Indigenous communities. The project has already been given Major Project status, he said. This clearly indicates the governments desire for this project to succeed and to deliver the substantial economic and regional development benefits that it offers. Initial production is estimated to commence later this year with export volumes of up to 3,000,000 tonnes per year of iron ore to be shipped across East Arm Wharf. There is no doubt that projects such as Sherwin Iron are exactly the type of projects that government is facilitating to achieve our objective of stimulating stronger economic growth across the Territory, Mr Tollner said. Over the past six months, Sherwin Iron and government agencies have worked hard to finalise this agreement. The project will be situated 120 km east of Mataranka. Resource in the area were initially discovered by BHP in the late 1950s. Extensive drilling by Sherwin has increased the resource and identified an indicated 39.5 million tonnes of high grade iron ore. Stage I development is to open cut mine and export iron ore via Darwins East Arm Wharf. The company plans to initially export one million tonnes of bulk ore , which will have to be transported from the Roper to Darwin via Katherine, before increasing to up to three million tonnes annually. Katherine Terrace, Katherine. Make a purchase of $40 or more at any specialty store (excluding Target Country & Woolworths), from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 11th May. To receive a FREE* Pair of Cubic Zirconia Earrings, present your receipt at Hourglass Jewellers. OR... To receive a FREE* Natio Lip Colour or Lip Gloss, present your receipt at Value Plus Discount Pharmacy. * While stocks last. Terms and conditions apply. See in centre for detals. M O T H E R S D A Y S U N D A Y 1 2 T H M A Y FREE Earrings or Natio Lip Gloss for Mum!