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Northern Territory Cattlenews : official newsletter of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Northern Territory Cattlenews : official newsletter of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


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Vol. 16 No. 2

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Minister applauds trade advances This years conference theme reinforced the concept of balancing opportunities and risks both within our enterprises and lives, and with our neighbours, our communities and trading partners, NTCA President Tom Stockwell told delegates. Decisions made without local wisdom and proper planning can have unintended negative consequences that can last for years or decades, or cause opportunity to be lost forever. I have also described the on the ground and in R&D and marketing that has been made by the industry to be in a position to take advantage of the present market opportunities. What we are looking for from our neighbours, and particularly the NT and Federal Governments, is the recognition that in our industry where environmental, market and production cycles are volatile enough, we do not need the volatility of sovereign policy changes added to the challenge; that industry and to salve the consciences of an uninformed electorate or to jeopardise our cattle country or kids by letting any of the neighbours wreck the joint. All good electronic cattle balances these days require a solid stable platform, and smart dampening software to ensure that at the business end the weight is right. We can even do it remotely these days. We desperately require our democratic processes to be equally stable and smart. The business balancing act of the NT pastoralist In delivering his 2016 annual report, NTCA President, Tom Stockwell embraced positive moves to advance northern development aspirations - but with caution to avoid past mistakes. Too many times in the past, local knowledge and needs came second to such grand national plans or campaigns and the outcomes, recognised or not, could have long term negative impacts, Tom told the conference. The federal fervour for northern development sounds impressive, yet: We continue to argue with Canberra which, while prepared to hand over $1 billion to despotic island nations in case they sink with climate change, cannot maintain a weather radar in Tennant Creek. The process of trying to win a fair share of the $100 million in federal beef roads funding has involved 12 months of meetings and travel to engage in consultation, when the need in the Territory alone is $2 billion. As my predecessor David Warriner argued last year, we will wither forever as a failed colonial outpost if we wait for population growth to promote development. The NTCA publicly supported the leasing of the Port because we know that the Port needs to grow and become more efficient as we grow and contribute to the northern economies. He said private southern investment in the north, especially in agriculture, appeared resolutely timid. The Presidents report addressed broad-ranging industry aspects including oil and gas exploration, successful indigenous and overseas pastoral programs, foreign investment and pastoral land issues. He applauded the work of the NTCA and said he felt honoured to be able to work for the Territory industry. The NTCA persists because our members are worthy, ethical, decent, hard-working people whose interests are worth protecting and advancing. We are relatively few in number but are stewards for a large and iconic part of the Australian landscape and psyche, and our fellow Australians trust us to maintain our country, our cattle and our standards. 32nd NTCA conference - wrap-up Balancing Risks & Opportunities NTCA Cattlenews - April 20169

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