Northern Territory

NT Government establishes new Construction and Development Advisory Council

THE Northern Territory Government last week announced the establishment of a new Construction and Development Advisory Council to make recommendations about ways to reduce red tape.

"The Advisory Council is further proof that the Government is serious about its commitment to reducing red tape for businesses throughout the Territory," Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

House under construction
Photo: House under construction / by Jaksmata.

Mr Giles said that while "huge inroads" have already been made in streamlining the Territory's development processes, the new Advisory Council will help to address complaints about red tape, including a lack of timeliness in regulatory approval processes, uncertainty about regulatory requirements and difficulty in dealing with government agencies.

The Chair of the Construction and Development Advisory Council will be the former NT Administrator, John Anictomatis.

"He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the construction and development industry, having established a successful business centred on construction of residential, commercial and industrial sites. He has also been active in community service," Mr Giles said.

Other members include Kerry Osborne (Deputy Chair), Denise David, Adrian Handford, Richie Ward, Shane Dignan, Paul Graham, Steve Brouwer and Allan King.

"Together, this group of people have the expertise and experience to advise on the steps needed to ensure we have a balanced and competitive regulatory environment," Mr Giles said.

The Council has been asked to make recommendations to the government by 30 June 2015 about how to further reduce red tape in the construction and development sector.

"It is imperative that the Northern Territory has the best possible regulatory environment as our economy and population base grows," Mr Giles said.

"There must be timely assessments and approvals, simple and transparent institutional arrangements, certainty and clarity in regulatory and administrative process requirements, appropriate safeguards for the environment and the public, and responsive regulators and government agencies with whom it is easy for firms and individuals to interact."

Photo: 'Wood-framed house' / Jaksmata / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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