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Awards recognise export performance of Top End businesses.



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The Hon Warren Truss MP MINISTER FOR TRADE DEPUTY LEADER OF THE NATIONALS

MEDIA RELEASE

17 August, 2007

Awards recognise export performance of Top End businesses Northern Territory business have just over three weeks to enter the prestigious Australian Export Awards, Australian Government Minister for Trade, Warren Truss said today.

The Awards recognise outstanding export success in 12 industry categories and through the overall DHL Australian Exporter of the Year award.

Category winners of the 2007 Northern Territory Chief Minister's Export and Industry Awards progress as finalists to compete alongside winners from other state award programs in the national Australian Export Awards, in November.

Entries for the 2007 Northern Territory Chief Minister's Export and Industry Awards close on 7 September.

Mr Truss said the Northern Territory’s export performance was highlighted by the outstanding local companies participating in the Australian Export Awards over recent years.

"The Northern Territory has supported the Australian Export Awards for many years and, although some committed companies have won Export Awards at a local level, the Territory is still striving for its first success at the national level,” Mr Truss said.

"The Northern Territory heavily relies on exports such as the resources, tourism, pearl and aboriginal art industries and the Australian Export Awards provides an outstanding opportunity for NT exporters to showcase their accomplishments to the world.

“The Australian Export Awards celebrate the success of the many businesses that are driving Australia’s record-breaking export performance. Finalists in last year’s Awards generated more than $12.5 billion in export earnings and directly employed over 36,000 people.

“Australia’s export excellence is being achieved by businesses of all sizes and across all industries. I encourage NT businesses to enter the Awards so that we can recognise and celebrate your success,” Mr Truss said.

Last year, the Northern Territory was represented in the national awards by Australian Spirulina TAAU Australia Pty Ltd; Maningrida Arts & Culture; Charles Darwin University; Guppytraders.com; Alcan Gove; and Australian Crocodile Products Pty Ltd; and Mbantua Gallery and Cultural Museum.

For details on how to enter visit www.exportawards.gov.au/apply-online before the 7 September deadline.

Media Inquiries: Minister Truss' office 02 6277 7420 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555