Ongoing Jobs and Development through the NT’s largest agricultural land releases one step closer
23 June 2021
Diversifying the Northern Territory economy is one way the Territory Labor Government is creating long term local jobs.
Agricultural developments will bring significant ongoing development opportunities and sustainable economic benefits to the Northern Territory – along with 150 local jobs.
In October 2020, the NT Land Corporation (NTLC) announced an Expression of Interest was open for development of the Keep Plains Agricultural Development, Wildman Agricultural Precinct and Larrimah Agricultural Precinct.
The NT Land Corporation has now finalised its assessment of submissions received.
These three large scale agricultural land developments will see northern Australia capitalise on the increasing demand for premium quality Australian produce, ensure sustainable continuity of food supply for domestic and export markets and enhance the profitability and economic resilience of the region.
Keep Plains Agricultural Development (67,500ha):
Wildman Agricultural Precinct (26,000ha):
Larrimah Agricultural Development (5,712ha):
Spread out across the Territory, the flow on from these three agricultural land releases is expected to create over 150 new jobs and regional training opportunities for Territorians and will grow the Territory’s capacity to lead with new agricultural innovation, technology, infrastructure and environmental stewardship.
Agriculture is Australia’s fastest growing sector. The Territory has a diverse and well-established agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors, with plant-based industries alone worth over $350 million and over 135,000 tonnes of produce grown annually.
Quotes from the Minister for Agribusiness and Aquaculture, Nicole Manison:
“The Territory’s agricultural sector has a significant role to play in the recovery of our economy. The potential for growth in food and fibre production in the Territory will attract private investment, create long-term, sustainable employment and diversify the Territory’s suite of exports.
“We are creating ongoing jobs for Territorians – these three agricultural land releases is expected to create over 150 new jobs, training opportunities for Territorians and will grow the Territory’s capacity to lead the nation with new agricultural innovation, technology and infrastructure.
“The Northern Territory is already recognised as a producer and supplier of high-quality mangoes, melons and Asian vegetables to domestic and international markets.”
Quotes from the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler:
“The NT Government is supporting these land releases through investment in our roads infrastructure in order to access these highly prospective sites.
“The Keep River Plains Road upgrades valued at over $58 million, jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, provides significant opportunities for the Keep Plains Agricultural Development. In addition, the Territory Government will shortly release a construction tender for the Point Stuart Road, which will provide even more accessibility to the Wildman Agricultural Precinct.”
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