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The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Sep 2015



The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Sep 2015

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22 BUSINESS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 support the product through its own Australian network. The thermal cushion head product has been in the marketplace in Darwin for the past 12 months. This product doesnt source materials from outside of Australia so it stands that labour should also be indigenous as well, Mr Maschke said. I am happy to open discussions on this opportunity to encourage indigenous business. This product is estab lished and it doesnt need a subsidy. It is easy to make and would provide real employment. Mr Rogan is a member of the NT Indigenous Business Network. He is in partnership with the Lee Brothers, the makers of Tuff Wear. So far Darwin tactical has already serviced key clients on Inpex including Kentz and have recently secured Ngarda. We do workwear and all PPE, he said. Business diversification is important to us in order to achieve indigenous economic advancement change, he said. But this is a great initiative and over time we will see those gaining these type of employment opportunities meld into the industry. The skills they get now from these types of jobs make them more employable in the future. The school is proposed to have 120 places on-site for middle and senior years students who meet the criteria for enrolment in special school settings and will deliver all stages of special education services, including work transition facilities. The school is scheduled for completion by July 2016. I have been a member of the NTIBN since 2012 and Supply Nation since 2013. I am interested in all options regarding expansion. Business diversification is important to us in order to achieve indigenous economic advancement. We are looking at mining and gas sector, defence and construction which is where the thermal cushion head ducting system with Action Sheet Metal is. Mr Rogan said changes in NT Government procurement requiring minimum levels of indigenous content were positive. The changes are positive but we are yet to see any dramatic changes, he said. The hard thing with the indigenous content with some of these contracts is they have national supply agreements. Darwin Tactical Shop also offers turnkey solutions and next generation capabilities for emergency preparedness and defence management. They have a partnership with Inter-Op from Canada providing specialised interoperability and 4G communications platforms. Mr Rogan is waiting for the Federal Government to start its new indigenous procurement policy in this area. AN indigenous business has expressed an interest in joining forces with a local manufacturer to create a unique product. Action Sheetmetal owner Harry Maschke developed an innovative thermal cushion head ducting system and wanted an indigenous business to take over its production. Colin Rogan, a former member of the ADF for seven years, who owns and operates Darwin Tactical Shop in Strath Village on Berrimah Rd, has taken up the offer and is currently negotiating with Mr Maschke. I saw the story in the NT News Bizweek and Harry is just a few doors from me so I decided to explore it, Mr Rogan said. I think we will push forward with Harry and get this in place. Mr Maschke believed the new business will be in place by October. We want to get this product an indigenous manufacturing certification but we believe there will be real jobs out of this, Mr Maschke said. Major Japanese multinational Sekisui is prepared to ASHLEY MANICAROS Territory firms look to partner in new venture Forum is a leg-up for indigenous businesses ALICE SPRINGS artist Kathleen Buzzacott (above) opened her own art studio and made jewellery for the Duchess of Cambridge after attending the last Indigenous Economic Forum. The 7th Indigenous Economic Forum is being held in Alice Springs from October 18-20 during October Business Month. The last forum attracted 300 people. Ms Buzzacott said it was helpful in setting up her own business. It was really important to get my business ready, she said. It gives an understanding of what you are getting into and it was great to hear from indigenous businesses who were successfully running businesses. It certainly gave me more confidence to step into something brand new. Ms Buzzacott said the jewellery for the Duchess of Cambridge is a talking point at her studio located about 20km west of Alice Springs near Simpsons Gap. The media coverage I have in the studio creates a lot of interest, she said. My mother is a Pitjantjatjara lady and I do a lot of work with the Maruku Art Centre at Uluru so was asked to create a piece. The forum has become one of Australias largest of its type. One of the keynote speakers at this years forum is Chief Robert Louie from the Westbank First Nation in Canada. He is the chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Board of Directors and chairman for Peace Hills Trust, a financial institution. He served as a board of governors member with the University of British Columbia and as a member of the Presidents Advisory Council of the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Chief Louie is a former practising lawyer specialising in native law and is the owner of several successful businesses in the Kelowna area. He will speak on the opening day of the forum, Monday October 19. During day one of the forum there will be a number of breakout sessions which will be facilitated and include the Northern Territory, A Country of Opportunities; Indigenous Tourism Business Development; Developing the North; Taking Care of Business; Business Programs to Build Capacity; Business on Country; and Getting Started in Business, Dreams to Reality. Day two forums will include Developing Alliances and Employment and Workforce Participation. Organisers are seeking expressions of interests for Northern Territory indigenous residents who are in business or wanting to start a business to apply for assistance to attend the forum or participate in the Indigenous Business Expo which is also running. The expo is where indigenous businesses can showcase their products and services. It is a great opportunity to build a customer base. A Top End company seeking a Federal Government indigenous manufacturing certification for a new product believes it will lead to the creation of much-needed job opportunities Colin Rogan is waiting for the Federal Government to start its indigenous procurement policy. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Halikos embraces procurement rule ONE of Darwins largest building companies is exceeding indigenous employment requirements established by the Northern Territory Government. Halikos Construction has been operating under new government procurement changes which encourage contractors to allow 10 per cent of the total contract value for indigenous employment. At the site of the new Henbury Ave Special School on the Dripstone High School campus, the number has reached 22 indigenous workers already. The site will employ about 100 tradesmen at its peak. Halikos Construction contract manager Matthew Lee said the changes were positive, and while they were administratively heavy, they would increase indigenous employment in the construction industry. We used facilitators to find employees and they range from administration staff to any number of trades, he said. We havent really ramped up Henbury Special School yet and weve already got 22 indigenous employees on site. There will be a constant flow on and off the site when the structural trades move off and we get into the services and finisher trades. Not all of the staff were employed through the facilitators. Jabryah Hughson turned up on site looking for a job and was started the next day. The labourer said he had completed training at the Shell Marine Supply Base before starting with Halikos. Mr Lee said at the start of the $30 million contract a provisional sum of $3 million was identified for indigenous wages. Each month the business must submit paperwork and be subject to random checks to ensure they are meeting the employment targets. In time we hope to see the administrative aspect Halikos Construction is meeting indigenous employment components of procurement contracts successfully on its Henbury Ave Special School work site with Rowan Sutton, Marley Lesiputty and Jabryah Hughson leading the way Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD

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