SA enters new partnership with the NT to progress economies

17 April 2015

Joint News Release

Jay Weatherill
Premier of South Australia

Adam Giles
Northern Territory Chief Minister

The South Australian and Northern Territory Governments have today signed an agreement that will see the two jurisdictions work closer together on issues including building new infrastructure, growing tourism as well as environmental conservation.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will also see the establishment of a central Australian mining and energy province, that aims to simplify regulation for the industry, as well as grow the mining services sector and attract foreign investment.

The MOU was co-signed by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles following today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra.

Premier Weatherill said the MOU builds on the historical links between the two jurisdictions and could unlock economic opportunities through the nation’s central corridor.

“South Australia and the Northern Territory have worked successfully together on projects dating back as far as the Overland Telegraph line in the 1870’s to as recently as the Adelaide to Darwin railway,” Mr Weatherill said.

“This agreement is about working closely together on important issues to both of us, which include developing productive infrastructure, supporting the growth of the mining sector and better coordinating services on the APY Lands.

“Our jurisdictions are also home to some of Australia’s top tourism icons and we will be exploring how we can both maximise the economic opportunities that can arise from this growth sector.

“I would like to thank NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and his Government for their cooperation and look forward to a greater working relationship with our nation’s top end.”

The MOU establishes a First Ministers forum, in which both Government’s will progress priority issues with the ability to establish joint-taskforces where deemed necessary.

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said the agreement deals with issues that are critical to the Territory’s economic future.

“I welcome the opportunity to work more closely with South Australia on mining and energy issues, ensuring that both jurisdictions have best practice regulatory regimes that provide certainty for mining companies, as well as protection of the environment and our way of life,” Mr Giles said.

“South Australia and the Northern Territory have considerable common interests in this space and this agreement builds on our long history of cooperation on important economic issues.

“As Tourism Minister, it’s also pleasing to see our two jurisdictions working more closely on promoting visitation to iconic destinations in Central Australia.”

The MOU will remain in place for five years.

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