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



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


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Opening Address the north and the beef industrys productivity. This includes $30 million on the Barkly Stock Route and the Tablelands Highway under the Beef Roads program. We have established the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility in Cairns a bank to develop infrastructure in the north. The NAIF is open for business and its independent board is working on a number of proposals. The NAIF has received 107 enquiries from project proponents, 51 of which remain active. Earlier this week advice from the NAIF was that five projects have strong prospects of reaching financial close in the next 12 months. Today I will be announcing that the Federal Government and the Northern Territory Government have signed a Master Funding Agreement that will allow projects under the NAIF to receive funding. This agreement also makes clear that any funding under the NAIF will not be clawed back through the GST redistribution process. Our northern development funding from the NAIF will add to Northern Territorys economic resources irrespective of decisions around the GST. This agreement is an important step forward. The Australian Governments 2016 Defence White Paper outlined significant expenditure in the Northern Territory and a focus on investment in national defence infrastructure in Northern Australia. This includes an $8 billion spend upgrading Defence facilities in the NT over the next 10 years, with a further $12.2 billion to be spent in the NT in the decade post 2025. Northern Australia receives more than 60 per cent of Australias rainfall but we use only around 2 per cent of that. Knowing how much water is available and where, and building appropriate capture and storage infrastructure to suit is essential for increasing agriculture productivity and sustainability. The CSIROs water accountability research in northern Australia estimates that on average two million gigalitres of water arrives in the north, and around 15,000 gigalitres could be made available for additional irrigation. This is enough water to irrigate an estimated 1.5 million hectares, increasing Australias irrigated agriculture by as much as 50 per cent. The Federal Government is funding two feasibility studies in the Northern Territory, including a CSIRO analysis of the water resources in the Darwin region and Ord Stage 3. I want to finish by stressing how well the Territory has done since self-government. I know that there are some challenging times at the moment with the scaling down of INPEx and budgetary pressures. But so much has been achieved here in the Territory and I am confident through the strength of your industry and the investments we are making in the north that growth will continue. Just compare what has happened to the NT and South Australia over the past 40 years. In the past 40 years, which coincides with the period of self-government, Darwin has added almost 100,000 people to grow in size by more than 3 times. You have achieved a population growth rate of 3 per cent a year. In comparison Adelaides population increased by only a third as fast - and grew at less than 1 per cent a year over the same period. Back in the late 19th century, the South Australian Minister for Education and the Northern Territory, Sir Frederick Holder, advised his colleagues that the South Australian border should be shifted back to the MacDonnell ranges and the rest of the Northern Territory should be given back to the British Government. The British Government declined. I am sure South Australia wished it had a place as dynamic and future focused as the Northern Territory. If it did it may have a better chance of keeping its lights on given all your gas. As it stands though I think our countrys past may have been written in the south but our future will be made in the north. Designed in Australia specifically for todays farming conditions. Lifetime retention guarantee* Durable hard-wearing design Quick and easy application No lump or damaged chips Exceptional read range Smooth easy-clean surface A S K YOUR RESEL LE R NLIS APPROVED ENVIRO TAGS 100% RETENTION GUARANTEE.* $2.42 inc GST *(Conditions apply). www.leaderproducts.com.au NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17 41

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