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Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association yearbook; Reports; PublicationNT




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private addresses. None of this information was provided during discovery. In addition to that, it would appear that mobile phone records and electronic messaging records were not produced and seemingly disposed of despite coming under the Commonwealth Archives Act of 1993. At the very best it demonstrates a clear lack of transparency and is not the behaviour of model litigants as the Federal Government claimed they would be. Our entity finances continues to be a focus for our organisation. We currently have an application into the Building Better Regions Fund and if successful will construct a training facility at the Bohning cattle yards which includes accommodation and a commercial kitchen. We believe there is a great opportunity to promote the asset and attract a range of stakeholders looking for an accommodation and training venue encompassed with land and various other aids for different programs. The modelling shows a payback period to the NTCA of less than three years ,so if we are able to steer the asset on that trajectory the NT Cattlemens Trading entity will have a true diversified asset, which will risk and drought-proof the yard enterprise. One thing we can be sure of is the Yard Manager Noel Cuffe is continuing to do an outstanding job, delivering a high level of service to our industry and our members. On another matter, the NTCA is now the proud owner of a few square kilometres of freehold land at the Kulgera Rail Yards near the NTCA border. The asset has been managed by the NTCA for many years and we are finally going through the motions of transferring ownership with a grant from NT Land Corp. to the NTCA We welcomed Kylie Gracey to the team this year in a partnership with NTG in a Business Development role. Kylie has hit the ground running and become part of the NTCA family almost immediately. Kylie is working to assist members that are looking to diversify their enterprise and help navigate their way through a complex system. The NTCA is very proud of the work and dedication delivered by Tara Fulwood and Jason Craigie in our Real Jobs Program. It is tough yet rewarding work and it is a credit to both of them how they are able to engage with Indigenous kids, who are at times off-the-rails in communities, and give them some hope and opportunity by recruiting them into our program. They train, mentor and reshape these kids lives to a point where they believe enough in themselves to enter the workforce. It doesnt always work but the successes more than outweigh the losses. Tomorrow we will be recognising a high achiever from this program. The NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program continues to deliver benefit to the northern beef industry and is being recognised at the highest levels. We were recently invited to Jakarta during Indonesian Australia Business Week, hosted by Austrade, to receive an award as acknowledgement recognising excellence in building successful partnerships between our two countries. The Prime Minister, Minister for Trade Steven Ciobo and former Indonesian Trade Minister, Thomas Lembong were part of the event. Carley Bidstrup is continuing great work in this area CEO Report Once again, the NTCA staff have continued to churn out a power of work, demonstrate an incredible level of commitment, and represent your interests like no other organisation I am aware of. and we are waiting on this years funding to commence the program for 2017. Jo Shearns return to the NTCA two years ago has without doubt been a game-changer for our organisation and her level of professionalism and work ethic deserves recognition and acknowledgement. Executive Officer Tom Ryan has the best job of all working in an office full of women. We have recently heard a bit in the media about quotas for women and token positions in politics, on committees and boards. We at the NTCA would never support a gender quota policy and I want to let you know that Tom is an employee of the NTCA purely based on his intelligence, skill and capacity. Tom is an integral part of the team and a great backstop. A critical component in any organisation that operates as we do. A captain is not able to command the ship successfully without the sailors assisting to navigate the course. Once again, the NTCA staff have continued to churn out a power of work, demonstrate an incredible level of commitment, and represent your interests like no other organisation I am aware of. It has been an absolute pleasure to work amongst a team of loyal people that are genuinely representing your interests. Loyalty driven by a love of our industry and its people, not due to the salary. It has been my absolute privilege to work for this great organisation and represent your interests. It would be an understatement to say that the recent months have been a challenge for my family and I wish to acknowledge their unwavering support which enables me to get on with my job. Simply put: it would have been impossible without them. I am proud of the conference we have put together and I hope you are all engaged, inspired and, most of all, enjoy the next 24 hours. Thank you 18 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17

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