The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020
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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 BUSINESS 23 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA Dont let us wither A shortage of backpackers is a big problem for farmers. Picture: Sue Graham WHILE the Territorys farmers have looked to fruit pickers from Vanuatu to solve their workforce crisis, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) has teamed up with the tourism sector to call for a controlled and COVID-safe restart of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Program. The horticulture sector is forecast to have to have worker shortfall of up to 26,000 by March 2021. In preCOVID times, backpackers make up 80 per cent of a farms seasonal workforce. The number of backpackers currently in the country is less than half the number this time last year. The shortage is a significant headache for farmers close to the peak harvest season and for tourism operators as summer holiday months approach. The NFF said the 300 workers from Vanuatu that are in Northern Territory, is a long way short of what will be needed by early 2021 In a joint letter to the federal government, NFF chief executive officer Tony Mahar and Backpacker and Youth Tourism Advisory Panel representative Wendi Aylward have called for a three-phased approach to safely resume the flow of backpackers into Australia. Without access to the Working Holiday Maker program, the fresh fruit and vegetable industry may suffer a $6.3bn cut in value and the cost of fresh produce could rise by 60 per cent, Mr Mahar said. It may also place pressure on the availability of some varieties of fruit and vegetables as farms lack the staff needed to pick and pack crops and plant the next one. While employing Australians will always take precedence, a safe restart of the WHM program would assist to address agriculture labour shortages. GARY SHIPWAY Horticulture sector facing a huge worker shortfall Field Day shows off leucaena BLACKBULL Station is hosting a Field Day today from 1pm to showcase the stations leucaena plantings of different row spacings and varieties of the legume. The Leucaena Network in collaboration with the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trades Douglas Daly Research Farm (DDRF) is working with Blackbull Station and three other Douglas Daly graziers to develop trial leucaena plantings to demonstrate best practice establishment and management strategies for leucaena in the Northern Territory. DDRF is participating in a Northern Australia Live Weight Gain Trial for leucaena-grass pastures and the initial results will be presented at the field day. Leucaena-based pastures offer one of the most productive feed-base options for northern beef producers where rainfall and soils are suitable. admin@leucaena .net . www.leucaena.net GARY SHIPWAY The Northern Territory Governments Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) has launched MVR for Business, a new online portal. The MVR for Business portal allows more than 7,000 Territory businesses to access vehicle registration transactions online 24-hours a day, seven days a week removing the need for businesses to visit the MVR to complete transactions. The MVR for Business portal will enable business customers all over the Territory to process their own transactions without having to attend an MVR office or Police outstation and improve authentication and introduce new digital features for users. The new portal has been built for: licensed motor vehicle dealers trucking companies construction sectors taxi companies local governments authorised inspectors fleet operators. Services of the portal include: renew registrations in bulk - must comply with safety standards submit notice of disposals upgrade heavy vehicle configuration transfer ownership register factory-new and expired vehicles submit roadworthy inspection record vehicle compliance check. New look licence The Northern Territory Governments Motor Vehicle Registry is also making changes to NT driver licences and photo ID cards. From 1st November 2020, all newly issued NT Driver licences, including evidence of age and occupational identity cards will look different with a new design. Most notably, NT Drivers licences will now be blue. These changes make the Northern Territory the first jurisdiction in Australia to deliver an Australian driver licence card that meets international identification design standards. Motor Vehicle Registry Updates Motor Vehicle Registry Updates New NT driver licence photo ID cards The new card designs are made using the latest technology and include a number of overt and covert security features, increasing durability as well as security for Territorians from tampering or counterfeiting. For more information on the MVR for Business portal, or the new driver licence, go to www.mvr.nt.gov.au. CITIZEN JANE 3. LICENCE NO 1564102 5. 2 SAMPLE ST ROADSAFETY NT 0800 . NORTHERN ~ TERRITORY , GOVERNMENT
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