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Katherine rural review



Katherine rural review


Northern Territory. Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries


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Date:2012-11; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Agriculture; Northern Territory; Katherine; Periodicals; Animal industry; Rural industries; Periodicals

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Northern Territory Government

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Katherine rural review


no. 311

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Northern Territory Government



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Page 9 of 20 Katherine Rural Review, Issue 311 Hon Willem Westra van Holthe MLA Born: Rotorua, New Zealand Raised: Queensland Position: Minister of Primary Industry and Fisheries; and Minister of Mines and Energy Story before now: Willem Westra van Holthe moved to the Northern Territory as a labourer in 1984 with the intention of only staying two years. Twenty-eight years later, Willem is a member of the Country Liberals Party and has recently been appointed Minister, holding the portfolios of Primary Industry and Fisheries, as well as Mines and Energy. Upon moving to the NT, Willem worked as a labourer contributing to projects such as the Elizabeth River Bridge and the Arnhem Highway. In 1986 Willem joined the police force where he spent 21years working in Maranboy, Mataranka and Alice Springs before returning to the Katherine area. In 2008, Willem left the police force to pursue a career in politics where he felt he would be in a better position to influence practical law formation and implementation. Thoughts regarding his new role: Willem expressed great interest in both the primary and fisheries industries. When asked what he enjoys about his new role as Minister, Willem commented that he enjoys meeting the hardworking people within these industries and learning about the challenges, the limitations faced and working to overcome these in the best interest of all concerned. Do you have a problem in your industry that could benefit from conducting some research by you overseas? Churchill Fellowships allow you to design your own research project, travel the world and further your knowledge in your chosen field, before returning to make a real contribution to Australian society. In addition to around 75 core Fellowships awarded each year in any field of endeavour, the Trust also awards sponsored Fellowships which are generally for a specific field of endeavour that a sponsor is passionate about or sees a need for. Sponsored Fellowships up for grabs this year include topics involving buffalo industry development, establishment of tropical food gardens in schools, homes or communities and leadership and management. See the website for more details: http://www.churchilltrust.com.au/sponsors/fellowships/

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