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Major projects conference returns to the Northern Territory

Major projects conference

After a two-year long COVID hiatus, the 11th Annual Northern Territory Major Projects Conference returned to the Darwin Convention Centre on the 18th and 19th of October 2022. 

With a history of attracting over 200 attendees per event throughout the past ten years, the conference is one of the largest infrastructure and construction events held in the Northern Territory, with a number of potential quarry related projects, including the Gemco – Eastern Leases project developed by South32, as a focus for the event.

With a $3.28 billion capital works program, the 2022 Major Projects Conference focused on the Northern Territory’s Government’s strategy for turbo charging major projects, creating new jobs and growing the Northern Territory economy.

Panels and speakers included:

Investing in the Territory’s Infrastructure for the Future, presented by chief executive officer of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), Craig Doyle.

  • NAIF is a $5 billion development financier to provide loans (or equity) to infrastructure projects in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.
  • $761m in NAIF support for the NT across transport, social infrastructure, agriculture, water, energy
Addressing Skills and Workforce Shortages Across the Northern Territory, presented Chief policy officer of the Chamber of Commerce NT, Stephen Goodall.
  • Transition from Pre COVID to current NT economic outlook
  • NT Labour Market 2022
  • What Challenges Does NT Business Face Today
  • NT Workforce Supply Market and NT Employment Column
  • Overview of NT Apprenticeships & Traineeships
  • Status of NT Workforce Supporting Major Projects Delivery

Contracting Strategies in a Fraught Market, presented by principal of Infralegal, Owen Hayford.

  • The contracting market for infrastructure contracting services is fraught.  This presentation will look at how project owners and contractors are adjusting their contracting approaches in response to market conditions on the east coast, and what Territory projects can expect.
  • Owen will explain the strategies that project owners should consider in the current market to attract quality contractors and get their project delivered.

The 2-day event featured these events, in addition to profiling major infrastructure projects in the pipeline for the Territory alongside providing a high-level forum for discussion, debate and doing business.

The Northern Territory Government is working to achieve a $40 billion economy by 2030 with significant capital investment in strategic economic infrastructure including the Commonwealth’s $2.6 billion Energy Security and Regional Development Plan.

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