26 July 2021
The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Honourable Michael Gunner has again publicly given his government’s support for Project Sea Dragon
At a Media Conference in the Darwin Headquarters of Seafarms, to mark the construction phase of the Project, the Chief Minister reinforced his endorsement for the southern hemisphere’s largest prawn aquaculture project.
Canstruct Group, the Managing Contractor for the project, has commenced this exciting phase as part of a collaborative partnership with Seafarms.
Chief Operating Officer, Damien Cavanagh said ’This project is the realisation of Ian Trahar’s vision and the relentless drive of the team at Seafarms. It has been many years in the making and an enormous task. Irrespective of the plethora of barriers, their pursuit of the end goal is to be commended. Here we are – all systems go. Canstruct is proud to be part of such an exciting Northern Australian project’.
The Project is a regional economic driver for both the Northern Territory and Western Australia, via the provision of hundreds of short and long-term local jobs.
This project brings much needed, new money, into the economy.
Canstruct Group is engaging with Indigenous communities to help establish a strong, diverse, local workforce.
At present the local Contractors’ total workforce has over 25 per cent Indigenous employment participation and Canstruct has a target of 10 per cent direct Indigenous project employment engagement.
Mr. Cavanagh continued, ‘We are committed to building communities, economies and most importantly livelihoods. This initial construction phase is expected to take twenty-four months and we will be relying heavily on local engagement and participation’.
The first prawns will be on Australian and international plates in late 2023.
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