The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010
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NT BUSINESS REVIEW, May, 2010 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:13-GE:103LO-R: C-M Y-K 03NEWS Smaller ship imports to benefit NT BUSINESS LINK DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT Shauna Mounsey, the 2010 NT Young Career Achievement Award winner, started her career early. At 16 Shauna left home and school to pursue a better life in Queensland. However once in the sunshine state, Shauna discovered how difficult it is to gain meaningful employment without an education. So she repacked her bags, completed Year 12 and went on to study at Charles Darwin University. From that point, Shaunas career has gone from strength to strength. She completed her Bachelors in law, science and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, while balancing full time work. During this time Shauna worked as an environmental scientist, a project manager and an environmental lawyer. Shauna, 26, now heads up Ward Kellers environmental legal practice, where she provides specialist environmental law advice. Shaunas career so far, has taught her that the destination is not as important as the journey. I started out with that Gen Y mentality of I had to achieve everything by 30. So what I have learnt is patience. Life is about the journey not the destination. Do what you enjoy and when you stop enjoying it, its time to change tack, she says. Winning the Career Achievement Award is a testament to Shaunas dedication and determination. It was an honour to win the award as it has been a lot of hard work over the years. The main lesson that I have learnt from this experience is that its important to have goals and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. I was told that I would never be able to study law because I couldnt read or write properly until a late age and now Im a lawyer. Working for Ward Keller has definitely been the highlight of my career because Im appreciated for the work I do. People really underestimate the value of being told youre doing a good job. So what are Shaunas long term plans? Im taking it as it comes because the other lesson Ive learnt is that it is important to have a work life balance. Her advice to others is work hard, have goals but dont be in too much of a hurry or youll miss the journey. Hard work pays off for young achiever The NT Government congratulates all winners and finalists on their achievements. 4 6 fa 0 3 /1 0 A LOGISTICS revolution will beneft small Territory businesses importing goods from Asia. Northline is to launch a "less than container load'' service from China to Darwin. Freight from north Asia arrives only on a full container load basis, making importing products intermittent or unaffordable for many NT firms. But businesses can now share containers. The new service begins on May 20 when a ship leaves Shanghai for Hong Kong and Darwin. Northline chief executive Craige Whitton said the new LCL service would help smaller importers. He said there was "strong latent demand'' from the Territory's resource and housing construction industries. "To date, the only way to get shipments from China to Darwin has been on a full container load basis. "So if a business in the NT required a spare part from Asia, the only options were to order it via East Coast ports and road freight it to Darwin or to have it air freighted if it was urgent. "With Darwin's first regular LCL service from north Asia, we expect to benefit from strong demand by consolidating freight in Shanghai and Hong Kong from around the region, including northern China, Korea and Japan.'' The Northline LCL service will provide deliveries to Darwin every second week, with volumes expected to ramp up rapidly as customers become aware of the option. Northline said it would use the service to supply customers from Broome to the Gulf of Carpentaria. As well as the resource and housing construction sectors, it expects the LCL service to attract demand from other industries, including tiling supply companies, white goods retailers and automotive parts businesses. Northline, an Australian logistics company has offices in Darwin, Katherine and Tennant Creek. THE 800-bed village to be built at Jabiru will house short-term construction workers. Traditional owners will not allow the township to be expanded. But Energy Resources of Australia chief executive Rob Atkinson denied that was the reason for building the new camp inside the company's 40 square kilometre mine lease. He said the construction workers would only be at Ranger temporarily. "We did not want to artificially inflate the size of Jabiru,'' he said. Ranger has two major projects on the go: BUILDING a multmillion-dollar heap leach plant; and DIGGING a deep decline. A final decision on the heap leach operation will be made at the end of this year or early next. Work will start next year and require several hundred construction workers. It will take at least two years to set up the plant. A feasibility study on the decline is expected to be finished soon, which means a final investment decision could be made as early as July. The decline, which will give miners access to deep, high-grade uranium oxide, will take about 18 months to dig and require 60-100 extra workers. Ranger in jobs deal THE Territory Government and Energy Resources of Australia have formed a training partnership. Students from Jabiru and Gunbalanya will take a Certificate 1 work ready program in engineering and then, hopefully, advance their studies and job placements from there. ERA will host the students in work placements at the Ranger uranium mine. The first batch of students are aged 14 and 15. NT Training Minister Chris Burns said: "This is helping prepare these students for entry into school-based apprenticeships in trades and get jobs. "We are committed to creating more opportunities for students in remote areas to get access to training so they are ready for jobs in the future. "This is a new and innovative way to deliver Vocational Education and Training programs for students in the region, which will bring benefits now and in the future for the students.'' Workers' village 'not linked to Jabiru ban' Rob Atkinson STRIKING OUT: Northline's Mark Fitzgerald and Peter Hopton ... a new import service for small business