Development office for Alice: Giles



Sir – The Territory Government will establish a new Central Australia Development Office in Alice Springs as part of its campaign to bring investment to the North.


Regional development is a priority for my Government and our new Central Australian Development Office will ensure Alice Springs is actively involved in our Northern Australia Development agenda.


The Alice Springs facility will house senior officers of the Northern Territory Government, provide office accommodation for visiting industry associations and provide a hub for investors interested in Central Australia and the rest of the Territory.


It’s a model that’s been hugely successful in our Darwin Northern Australia Development Office and I’m pleased to be extending it to Alice Springs.


By developing the north we can realise our full economic potential and open up vast areas of the Territory to new business opportunities and create jobs for our children.


The new Office is exactly the kind of inclusive and strategic regional initiative the 250 delegates at the SEGRA Conference have been talking about [in Alice Springs this week].


This conference is a great opportunity for all sectors of the Australian community to explore issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and an opportunity to discuss the best ways of securing Australia’s future prosperity.


The Northern Territory Government committed $10,000 from the Regional Economic Development Fund to support the hosting of the conference in Alice Springs.


Adam Giles

Chief Minister


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  1. Russell Guy
    Posted October 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

    @ Economic sense.
    Australia was covered by Indigenous cultures before European Settlement, but in the many posts to AS News across prison stats, employment, alcoholism and tourism, that fact seems to get lost.
    Indigenous cultures account by far for the reason that tourists come to Australia. Aussies already know that we are living in a great country with spectacular scenery, but we don’t seem to appreciate its Indigenous heritage, and in many cases, we exploit it as the Golden Goose and carry on about high-end accommodation with pictures of upmarket visitors enjoying a drink, while bemoaning the budget airline carriers who have pulled out of the market.
    Just as Australia’s prosperity has moved from the sheep’s back to mining, tourism authorities would know that the lower end of the market is sustainable and committed and can be improved over time.
    A shift towards the cultural reality, including eco-tourism, will require a radical shift in vision. Some aviation companies are providing small jet transport for FIFO miners. Perhaps, a market can be created for a savvy operator to be drawn into Central Australian tourism.

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  2. Economic sense
    Posted October 18, 2014 at 8:10 am

    URGENT – Alice Springs needs Virgin / Tiger airlines back ASAP for tourism to survive and Alice to prosper.

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  3. Whistler Jim
    Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    What an Oxymoron!
    “CLP” and “business development” in Alice.
    There was huge up-talk of reviving the Centre prior to the election and of course unlimited confidence sprouted by the local CLP Ministers, especially from Matt Conlan. What a useless, ineffectual bunch they are!!
    Business has all but died here. No wonder businesses are closing at an ever rapid rate. Public servants and the JDFPG will be the only employers left.
    I’m engineering the exit of my two businesses over the next few months before bankruptcy becomes unavoidable.
    Adam, you are the very “polite” and smiling face of the NT Government but a real dodger.

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  4. Maggie D
    Posted October 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Desert Knowledge should be re-named Desert Bludgers. It’s a closed club for ageing greenies and those not inclined to jobs that contribute to the good of society.
    Where are all the REAL conservation organisations?

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  5. Dr Wrongo
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I wonder if it will have any focus on developing economic opportunities for indigenous people on their homelands.
    Or will it be more about providing jobs for white fella locals and from interstate on Aboriginal communities.
    Witness the teams working on the SIHIP program, moving families of unemployed people out of their homes so a whitefella can be paid excessive amounts to paint it.

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  6. Harold Albatross
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Another Observer: What’s wrong with more public servants in Alice?
    We can argue about whether they’re actually required and therefore maybe an unnecessary financial burden on the NT taxpayer. However, if they’re going to exist, then why wouldn’t we want them here in Alice?
    I’d argue that we should be seeking as many positions as possible transferred out of Darwin and into the wider NT.
    Obviously, there are limitations as to what roles could be successfully moved, but I reckon we’d be better off with a lot more not fewer.

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  7. Another Observer
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Oh good – just what the town needs (not) – more public servants!

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  8. Phil Walcott
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I wonder if it’ll be located at the Desert Knowledge / CAT / Desert People’s Centre precinct?

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