Minister Styles said the LBAP is one of the final components to be put in place as part of the Country Liberals Governments suite of innovative procurement initiatives designed to support local businesses and secure jobs for Territorians.
The LBAP will use their diverse local business and industry knowledge to provide Northern Territory Government agencies with objective advice on claims made and benefits proposed in the local content component of tender responses and contracts worth more than $5 million.
Mr Styles said three Buy Local Advocates would also be appointed from the pool of LBAP applicants to support the Northern Territory Governments overhaul of procurement policy.
The project will also provide access for LBAP's to work with Basc members who own or manage large areas of privately-owned land by employing a project officer to manage the database and to liaise between the two.
The results from Cheshire are encouraging: 26% of the county was surveyed, more than 6,600 new records of species and habitats were shared with the Cheshire LBAP and local record centre and over 140 individual conservation projects are now in progress.
Also, the LBAP may have a lower limit on the number of customers that can be assigned to an employee:
The LBAP is similar to the assignment problem in the sense that customer groups (jobs) are assigned to workers.
Minister for Business Peter Styles said the LBAP is part of the Country Liberals Governments Buy Local Plan which includes a suite of procurement reforms to assist local businesses to earn a greater percentage of government spending.
We have received over 50 nominations from Territorians for the new LBAP which is an overwhelming response and the best indication yet that the business community is embracing our Buy Local Plan, Mr Styles said.
Responding to a review of local biodiversity action plans (LBAPs
) by the National Assembly, the CLA also urged that the best strategy for encouraging practical biodiversity is to pay land managers a commercial income in return for their conservation services provided under an adequately funded all-Wales Tir Gofal-style agri-environment scheme.
Attending the launch of Bridgend's LBAP
yesterday at Kenfig Nature Reserve, Sue Essex said, ``We are extremely fortunate that here in Wales we have an exceptional diversity of natural habitats and our flora and fauna includes many distinctive species.
Recently, I have been getting more and more involved with producing and implementing Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs
), and have previously worked with Hampshire County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council in Somerset on theirs, and more locally with Newport Council.