The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2021 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE Territory government has announced a new $3.3m package of targeted business training and support programs. Programs and training include support in areas of financial fitness, business resilience and governance. The tailored package of training, support and stimulus programs include: IMMEDIATE Business Acceleration: to help businesses survive and thrive through Covid-19 and beyond. Program and resources delivered online. SMALL Business Financial Fitness: to help businesses gain a greater understanding of their financial position and develop strategies to improve sustainability. BUSINESS Growth Expansion: to improve small business performance, sustainability and profitability. This refreshed Business Growth Program includes a 50 per cent co-contribution from business and includes a Territory provider directory. ENHANCED Pivot: to support businesses to adapt to the new economic environment and reach new markets. Eligible applicants can purchase new technology and digital equipment, undertake future skilling, make physical improvements to their business premises and purchase equipment and infrastructure to adapt their business model to the new normal. NOT-FOR-PROFIT Business Governance: to improve governance and sustainability of the Territorys 1600 not-forprofit associations. Training will be delivered via face-toface presentations in all major Territory centres and will include establishing online training and the development of video presentations. SMALL Business Fitness: to help businesses better understand the key functions of their businesses. Topics include financial fitness and cash flow, business planning and digital marketing. Training is delivered online in either small group sessions or in one-on-one consultations. For more information about these programs and access to training support visit nt.gov.au/industry/businesssupport Rollout of new $3.3m package GARY SHIPWAY BUSINESS EDITOR Labor boat ramp vow fails to hold water: CLP FISHOS have been left high and dry by a $32m underspend on boat ramps, the CLP has said. The $50m RecFishing Futures Program was a promise taken to the 2016 election by then opposition leader Michael Gunner. Five years on, CLP Deputy Opposition Leader Gerard Maley has accused the government of spending only $12m of that cash on advisory committees, despite originally being earmarked for projects at Daly River, Dundee and Point Stuart, among others. We all know that recreational fishing in the Northern Territory is a massive industry, and it really boosts our economy, Mr Maley said. The money has been allocated but it hasnt been spent. The CLP has provided figures showing Labor chose to revote $32.5m in the latest 2021-22 budget. The CLP are calling on the government to get organised and get these projects delivered, Mr Maley said. Amateur Fishermens Association NT chief executive David Ciaravolo said he wanted to see projects be shovelready by early next year. Clearly, were pleased for the $50m promise in 2016, (but) I think there was the expectation it would be spent in a term of government, Mr Ciaravolo said. We certainly want to see that money spent and the key thing is we need to see these projects move forward. They certainly need to be delivered in this term of government. We dont want to see the money spent on upkeep. Mr Ciaravolo said $50m wouldnt be enough money if stretched over a number of years. Recreational Fishing Minister Paul Kirby said the rest of the $50m commitment would be delivered over coming years. There remains $32.5m to invest in recreational fishing infrastructure; $13.7m of this has been earmarked to deliver upgrades to Point Stuart access and Daly River carpark, Mr Kirby said. The government also slammed the CLPs record on boating infrastructure, saying the oppositions only accomplishment was a substandard boat ramp at Dundee during its last term. We have a raft of projects competed and under way as part of our $50m investment including fixing the Dundee boat ramp, Mr Kirby said. THOMAS MORGAN POLITICAL REPORTER David Ciaravolo. Connell Brannelly test drives his beer can boat and says he cant wait for the Beer Can Regatta on Sunday. Picture: Julianne Osborne AFTER a Covid-19-altered 2020 edition, boat enthusiasts and spectators are set to swarm Mindil Beach on Sunday for the return of the iconic Beer Can Regatta. The regatta began in 1974 and has since become an annual Top End event with boats made from beer cans, plastic bottles and milk cartons. Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta chairman Connell Brannelly was over the moon to see the event return home in 2021. Its one of the iconic events of Darwin and its quirky nature is really part of why its gone on for so long, Brannelly said. Were all pretty ecstatic that the event can go ahead considering the recent lockdown. We didnt think it would be able to but it is great that it can. Come down on the day, its going to be great. Four boats have already registered for the big Battle of Mindil set to take place in the afternoon with plenty more boats set to join on the day. The event kicks off at 10am with a range of activities. NATHANIEL CHAMBERS BEER CAN REGATTA MAKES MINDIL RETURN FOR the first time in history an AFL semi-final will be officially commentated in an Indigenous language. Yolngu Radio will broadcast the Brisbane Lions versus Western Bulldogs semi-final being played at the Gabba on Saturday in Yolngu Matha language. Yolngu Radio creative manager Nic ORiley said this achievement was significant and special on a number of levels. It is definitely important for Yolngu people to hear their favourite sport in their first language, Mr ORiley said. It is sending a strong message to kids in North East Arnhem Land that they can do anything they want in their own language, The commentators of the match will be William Gumbula and Baykali Ganambarr. The Matha language is the third most spoken language in the Territory and is spoken by over 12,000 people. The match will be broadcasted to the five major communities in North East Arnhem Land, 14 homelands and throughout the greater Darwin area. Its really special for our organisation and for the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land, Mr ORiley said. For the first time they will hear their favourite sport in their first language. Yolngu Radios Gabba broadcast makes history FLOSS ADAMS BORDER DODGER A MAN has been caught out allegedly lying on his border entry form while trying to make it into the NT. The 34-year-old man drew the suspicion of police at the Kulgera border checkpoint after stating he had left Victoria 15 days earlier. Incident Controller Acting Commander Sachin Sharma said investigations revealed the man had previously submitted a border entry form noting a Victoria address, then lodged a second form after the hotspot declaration, this time omitting his Victorian travel details. Police found the man at Yulara, where he admitted the breach. William Gumbula and Baykali Ganambarr in the commentary box.