The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory is proud of its reputation as a strong and vibrant multicultural society which is enriched and enhanced by members of our Indian-Australian community.
Our two countries have a shared passion for excellence in economic, social and cultural development. The India Australia Business and Community Awards are a key program that help us maintain existing and build new relationships between Australia and India.
Cameleers and traders from the Indian sub-continent established trade routes throughout outback Australia, including the Northern Territory, in the early 1860s. Since then, Indian-Australians' business acumen and love of community have proven beneficial to the growth of many sectors in the Northern Territory, particularly in professional, hospitality, health and transport services. The Northern Territory Government values the contribution of Indian-Australians who have made the Territory their home, and thanks organisers of the IABCA for providing a platform to recognise their achievements.
These awards reward the business and community leaders who are paving the way for future generations to prosper through trade which is based on mutual respect for culture and diversity. Recipients of these awards will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
I am pleased to support the IABCA Program.