Have your say on the NT maritime industry

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The Northern Territory Government is seeking input in the development of the Maritime Industry Development Plan through the Have Your Say platform.

This is in line with the Territory’s Economic Reconstruction final report which identified developing and maintaining a plan to grow the maritime industry as a key contributor to the Territory economic rebound.

A discussion paper has been prepared to provide context, stimulate conversation and prompt feedback from industry and other key stakeholders which will then guide development of the Maritime Industry Development Plan.

The shipping and maritime sector makes an important economic contribution to the Territory, providing services such as freight, commercial fishing, defence, border protection, cruise ships, charter vessels, and recreational boating and workboats.

In 2019–20, before the COVID-19 pandemic, $205 billion worth of goods were exported via northern ports which accounted for 62% of all goods exported out of Australia.

Darwin is rapidly growing as a centre for marine services and supply, supporting the operations of the Australian Defence Force and allied forces, Australian Border Force, the offshore oil and gas industry, commercial fishing industry, tourism industry and general maritime industry.

The Maritime Industry Development Plan will provide a whole of government and industry strategic framework for the development of the maritime sector that will draw on synergies and reach across related infrastructure development. This includes the Marine Industry Park, Darwin Ship Lift, berths for super yachts, a holistic approach to ports throughout the Territory and a comprehensive workforce strategy.

The Territory Government is seeking public feedback into an innovative strategy to develop and grow the maritime industry in northern Australia.

To find a copy of the discussion paper and to have your say, go to the Have Your Say website.

Survey closes at 5pm on Friday 5 November 2021.

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