Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights
Tabled paper 833
Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by David Tollner
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2013-14 Budget 14 Regional Highlights Top End Rural The Top End Rural region encompasses many small communities and covers the area south of Palmerston and Litchfield, the Tiwi Islands, east to East Arnhem and south to the Katherine region. About 18 000 people live in the region, the majority of whom are Indigenous. The regions population is relatively young, with 45percent aged 24 years and under, and only 4.0percent 65years and older. Tourism, horticulture and mining contribute significantly to the regions economic activity. Mining in the region includes uranium oxide from the Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) Ranger mine near Jabiru, gold from the Crocodile Gold mine near Pine Creek as well as iron ore from the Frances Creek mine. Tourist attractions in the region include the Litchfield and Kakadu national parks, as well as the DalyRiver for recreational fishing. Other important industries in the region include horticulture and agriculture supported by the Coastal Plains and DouglasDaly research farms. Supporting Business and Economic Development $5.87M for Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and other providers to deliver qualifications to Territorians to develop new skills or build on existing skills for employment opportunities $0.81M to operate the Douglas Daly Research Farm $0.81M to support the livestock industry by protecting market access and minimising establishment of exotic pests and diseases $0.36M to increase the uptake of sustainable cropping practices for current and new agricultural enterprises $0.31M to operate the BeatriceHill Research Farm $0.25M to provide technical advice on improved pasture management and cattle production $0.16M to enhance hardwood forestry opportunities for the semiarid tropics $0.12M for research to improve buffalo genetics and reproduction to increase performance $80 000 to increase productivity, sustainability and market opportunities for the tropical fruit and vegetable industries $80 000 to support plant industries by protecting market access and minimising establishment of exotic pests and diseases $50 000 to increase productivity, sustainability and market opportunities for the mango industry $50 000 to assist the Crocodile Farmers Association of the Northern Territory with research and development projects Safer Communities $12.9M to provide police, fire and emergency services in the TopEndRural region including: nine police stations and a further three police stations funded under Stronger Futures at Minjilang, Peppimenarti and Warruwi; one fire station; and nine volunteer groups (fire and emergency)
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