Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development
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c < Completed the NTs first Manufacturing Industry Strategy, Making it in the Territory, in partnership with industry and commenced implementation planning. Facilitated the Tiwi Islands Forestry project through a capital works grant for the upgrade of the Pirlangimpi road on Melville Island. The upgrade will underpin Indigenous economic development on the Tiwi Islands. CSI Coordinated trade delegations led by the Minister for Asian Relations and Trade, Mr ^ Paul Henderson, to destinations including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to O support key NT industry sectors. Q Coordinated a trade delegation, led by then Minister for Communications, Dr Peter O' Toyne, to the 1X2003 ICT trade exhibition in Singapore, where a record 29 NT companies were represented. ^ Commenced Indigenous marine ranger programs at Maningrida and Port Keats and with the Mabunji Resource Association (Borroloola). Promoted the NT internationally as a business and skilled migration destination, including events in the Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom. Facilitated the export of 212 520 head of NT-bred cattle to South-East Asia by providing disease surveillance and certification services to cattle producers and exporters. Provided technical assistance and training to support the trial shipment of cattle and feedlot operations of the Negros Occidental cattle industry development project in the Philippines. Completed a training program on beef cattle management for the Sabah Government and a technical assistance program is ongoing ahead of planned imports of cattle and buffalo. Acquired airborne geophysical (magnetic, radiometric, elevation) data over the Simpson Desert and Jervois areas, bringing the total proportion of the NT covered by high- resolution airborne surveys to 91%. Produced an additional NT-wide geophysical compilation, the Gravity Map of the NT, as a companion product to existing 1:2 500 000-scale Geological, Magnetic, Elevation and Radiometric Maps of the NT. Launched web-mapping application STRIKE - the Spatial Territory Resource Information Kit for Exploration. STRIKE provides exploration companies and individuals increased access to the NTs geoscientific data and imagery. Worked with the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Land Councils to promote pastoral production on Indigenous land to increase cattle turn-off and improve the training and employment of Indigenous people. Created the position of Executive Director, Indigenous Business and Industry Services, to lead activities to boost Indigenous enterprise development programs. Approved 72 projects under the Australian Government-funded Renewable Remote Power Generation Program, resulting in committed funding of more than $3M. Arranged for release of seven areas in the NT adjacent area and three areas in the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands adjacent area (jointly referred to as Northern Territory administered waters) for hydrocarbon exploration. Bids for these areas will close in March 2005. Introduced new technology to the mining industry through an Ausindustry Innovation Access Program grant awarded to the NT Minerals Council. Led business delegations to Offshore Europe, Primex (Perth) and the Victorian Oil and Gas Show to promote Darwin as a regional supply and service centre, develop industry alliances with interstate and overseas suppliers, and attract new investment. Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development 11