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Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights



Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights

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2013-14 Budget 10 Regional Highlights Katherine The Katherine region extends from the Ord Bonaparte area in the west to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the east. The town of Katherine is the main centre with a population of about 10400. The region has a population of about 20350 people, approximately 52percent of whom are Indigenous. About 44percent of the regions population is aged 24 years and under, and 5.2percent is aged 65years and over. Industries in the region include tourism, horticulture, pastoralism and mining, particularly for gold. The Xstrataoperated McArthur River mine, located near Borroloola, is one of the worlds largest providers of zinc in bulk concentrate form. In recent years there have been large plantings of mangoes, rockmelons and other melons in the region and production has risen as a result. Good quality road and rail infrastructure and a strategic location have enabled Katherine to develop as a regional freight hub, servicing industries in both the Territory and the Kimberley region. RAAFBaseTindal is also located in the region. Tourist attractions in the Katherine region include Nitmiluk Gorge, Leliyn(EdithFalls) and Mataranka. Supporting Business and Economic Development $7.85M in Territory and Commonwealth funds for CharlesDarwin 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 $0.82M for research and extension into improved pastoral industry profitability and sustainability $0.78M to increase productivity, sustainability and market opportunities for the mangoindustry $0.55M to support the livestock industry by protecting market access and minimising establishment of exotic pests and diseases $0.55M to operate the Victoria River Research Station $0.47M to operate the Katherine Research Station $0.36M to increase sustainability and market opportunities for melons and other horticultural industries $0.31M to provide vehicle registration and driver licensing services $0.3M to provide new generation geoscience data and promote mining investment $0.28M to the Katherine Town Council for visitor information services $0.28M for the Territory Business Centre to provide business advice and licence information $0.25M to increase the uptake of sustainable cropping practices for current and new agricultural enterprises $0.23M to support plant industries by protecting market access and minimising establishment of exotic pests and diseases $0.1M for a local Tourism Industry Business Development Officer Infrastructure Highlights $6.17M to construct a new remote health centre at Numbulwar $5.93M to construct a new remote health centre at Ngukurr $4.43M for the Lajamanu airstrip upgrade $3.83M to continue construction of a new highlevel bridge over the KingRiver on the Stuart Highway south of Katherine to improve flood immunity $2.5M to upgrade and seal existing airstrip at Yarralin $1.33M for a new training facility to provide for VETprograms at the Ngukurr Trade Training Centre $0.68M to complete construction of a clinical conference and training facility at Katherine Hospital for students in the Katherine region $0.6M to continue upgrades of the Tomato Island campground $0.4M to complete the Katherine Police and Fire Station airconditioning replacement $0.14M to complete the KalkarindjiSchool upgrade including a new classroom block of four learning spaces and ablutions