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Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development



Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT






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Developed a new set of herd management recommendations for cattle stations in the Victoria River District to maintain good cattle performance and increase gross margins. Undertook a comprehensive research program to select superior lines of sesame seed suitable for release in 2005. Promoted TenderBuff market, achieving an increase of 17% in the Darwin market demand in 2003-04 over the previous year. Completed final draft of African Mahogany Timber Industry Strategy for the Top End of the Northern Territory. Completed more than 1 830 plant disease diagnostic cases in the Darwin and Katherine laboratories - a significant increase over the previous year because of the Grapevine Leaf Rust Eradication Program. Processed 6 000 water samples for water quality programs, including 2 660 samples to test sewage, potable water and environmental water for industry and government agencies. Continued the National Grapevine Leaf Rust Eradication Program in the Darwin region, including surveying of 39 000 households in the Darwin/Palmerston area. Produced 1 000 000 barramundi fingerlings for local industry. Commenced grow out trials of crablets for potential mud crab aquaculture industry. Closed the Adelaide River to commercial fishing. Established the Freedom of Information and Privacy Branch, to provide training and advice to departmental staff about FOI and privacy issues and to process FOI applications. Five applications were processed in 2003-04, all within statutory timeframes. Rationalised DBIRD accommodation (AZRI) in Alice Springs and relocated some staff to the AZRI to bring together the departments Primary Industry and Minerals and Energy staff. Coordinated the annual customer satisfaction survey for DBIRD. The survey is an opportunity for DBIRD to canvass clients and stakeholders for their feedback regarding the quality and timeliness of the diverse services DBIRD provides. This year, 900 clients were surveyed across the NT. Achieved the first stage of DBIRDs e-Business plan with the implementation of the Territory Business Directory and 15 on-line business services. 12 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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