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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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The Policy Development and Co-ordination Group works closely with a range of business and industry groups to enable it to achieve its objectives. This includes attendance at Manufacturers Council meetings and co-ordinating the Chief Executives meetings with a range of key industry groups. \ r . DBIRD provides support to the NT Governments representative offices in Indonesia, The Philippines and East Timor. O * The department maintains close links with NTs neighbours in South East Asia, Q . particularly through avenues such as the NT's observer status with BIMP-EAGA. a : Outputs 2 and 3 - Minerals and Energy Group CO 3 Ongoing working relationships with mining and petroleum industry stakeholders through C regular communication exchanges, including: ^ - Industry representative bodies (including the NT Minerals Council and the NT Extractives Association). - Policy meetings with the Aboriginal Land Councils. - Bi-annual meetings of the Alligator Rivers Region Advisory Committee which includes in its membership the NT and Commonwealth Governments, the Northern Land Council, Jabiru Community Representatives, and the NT Environment Centre. - The Alligator Rivers Region Technical Committee (reports to the Advisory Committee which has similar representation but also includes independent technical experts. - National mining engineering forums. - National geoscience forums. - Attendance and displays at relevant conferences and exhibitions. Ongoing working relationships with the Department of Justice in relation to legal complexities associated with the valid application and grant of mineral and petroleum titles. Continued communication with the AustralAsia Railway Corporation and DIPE on mineral title issues related to the Darwin to Alice Springs railway corridor. Cooperative relationship with DIPE in respect to the whole-of-government plans to provide a framework between the Government and traditional owners of NT parks. Outputs 4 and 5 - Primary Industry Group Working in partnership with the Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Advisory Committees towards the sustainable development of the NT primary industries. Memorandum of Understanding between CSIRO, CDU and Horticulture Division to deliver TropHort research. North Australian Cocoa Alliance between Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QDPIF), Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation, Cadburys and Horticulture Division to evaluate feasibility of cocoa in northern Australia. This is the fourth year of a five-year project and preliminary results show some promise for the future of the industry. A number of research and development projects between Queensland and WA Departments, CSIRO, Horticulture Australia Limited and Horticulture Division. Collaborative work with Centrefarm and Central Land Council in developing commercial horticulture on Aboriginal land in Central Australia. One of the projects on Alekarange has a commercial partner and two other sites, at Ti Tree and Pine Hill, are progressing slowly. The department is a core partner of the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre 72 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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