Work has begun on a fast-tracked election commitment to upgrade the Berrimah Export Yards, with a civil works contract awarded to a NT company.
The Territory Government fast-tracked its commitment of a $4.1 million upgrade to the facilities to create jobs for Territorians and provide an important economic stimulus.
NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said the works will be carried out by Yingwati Pty Ltd, an Aboriginal owned family company, and are the start of a project that will see Darwin better placed as the supplier of choice for live cattle and buffalo exports.
“We came to Government with a promise to create jobs – the export yard upgrades will do this in the building industry and was fast-tracked by the Territory Government to help boost the economy at an important time,” Mr Vowles said.
“This is the first milestone on this vital project and these upgrades will provide opportunities for local jobs and work for Territorians. The upgrades will also increase Berrimah Export Yards’ capacity and allow it to process cattle all year round, which is important for the industry. We listened to the industry and have taken action.
“Yingwati have been awarded the civil works and, while they are a relatively new company, we are pleased to be able to engage a business with such a strong local and Indigenous connection.”
Stuart Kemp, CEO of NT Livestock Export Association, which operates the Berrimah Export Yards, said it was good to see local businesses win tenders.
“It is exciting to see such great opportunities for local businesses,” Mr Kemp said.
“And to see this important development, that has been years in the planning, finally get underway is truly encouraging. Once completed, it will provide a quality shopfront for Northern Australia’s livestock export industry. To have the Territory Government support our investment shows an appreciation and understanding of how important livestock exports are to the NT economy.”
“The upgrades will generate jobs in the building industry and provide an important economic stimulus in the process, as well as support the live export industry as one of the main economic drivers of the NT economy,” Mr Vowles said.
Source: NT Government