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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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- e o In a collaborative initiative with DBIRD, CDU has established a position of Associate Professor at the NT Rural College. This position will build on the overseas training program in support of the live export trade, provide postgraduate training in beef cattle production and establish training programs for Indigenous people to enter the pastoral industry. A well-attended two-day field day was held at Mt Sanford and Pigeon Hole in the Victoria River District. These properties are the site of a major research program collaboratively O managed by Heytesbury Beef, DBIRD, Meat and Livestock Australia and CSIRO. 0 The objectives of the program include more efficient use of native pasture for beef 01 production. "TO DBIRD staff undertook research to maximise use of the railway, particularly in transporting 1 3 horticultural and heavy produce. C * The department is working to support an NT Government commitment to support ^ development in the Katherine Region by coordinating government activities, particularly in the tourism and horticulture sectors. A horticulture project for local schools was established on Katherine Research Station. Six local schools participated, allowing students to learn the practical aspects of growing crops. Staff provided tutoring and guidance throughout the project as well as establishing infrastructure such as irrigation. DBIRD staff contributed to the development of the Katherine Region Development Plan. A Regional Development Board was established to monitor and encourage the progress of the plan. The joint ILC, Northern Land Council and DBIRD project to increase production from Indigenous land progressed well, with significant leases close to being finalised. The long term objective is to provide training and employment for Indigenous property owners, leading to successful pastoral enterprises run by Indigenous people. Katherine Research Station buildings were subjected to flooding on several occasions during the 2003-04 wet season. Planning commenced to provide earth works designed to protect the research station infrastructure. DBIRD hosted an information session regarding the proposed development of the Trans-Territory Pipeline. DBIRD hosted five Upskills workshops in Pine Creek, attended by 43 participants. Sixty hours of individual mentoring was provided to Pine Creek businesses. Katherine Research Station held its annual Farm and Garden Day in March, which was attended by a record crowd despite wet conditions and flooding. Tennant Creek Region Key Achievements DBIRD, in conjunction with the University of New England, delivered the second Barkly Herd Management course on Alexandria and Brunette Downs stations. The successful event and was attended by beef industry representatives from the NT, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. DBIRD hosted a meeting of the Landcare Council of the Northern Territory in Tennant Creek in February. The Barkly Landcare Facilitator continues to be located in DBIRDs Tennant Creek office. This year, the Barkly region won three NT Landcare Awards. DBIRD hosted a meeting of IM ETF in Tennant Creek with sponsorship support by Giants Reef Pty Ltd. The Business and Trade Development Group held a successful Mining Supply Seminar for Tennant Creek businesses following the IM ETF meeting. 64 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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