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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 75 requirement for the sustainability of the industry is the protection of pastoralists’ right to earn a livelihood. The NTCA passed a motion at the 2014 Annual General Meeting asking the Northern Territory Government to introduce mandatory access agreements for the mining, oil and gas industries prior to commencing operations on pastoral lands. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure all stakeholders have been involved in negotiating a shared land use agreement, have an understanding of and respect for each other’s operation. The agreement will ensure that the two industries can co-exist and contribute sustainably to the economic future of the NT and the nation. Internet connectivity has become critical to any business operating in regional or remote areas, but is particularly vital for pastoralists who live and work in isolated areas on the Territory. Families and businesses require efficient and reliant internet to provide services such as education, online business, online health services and attract and retain staff by providing the ability to stay connected with distant friends and family. The interim satellite services provided to NTCA members by the NBN have been inadequate for many and the NTCA has been lobbying the Federal Government to ensure that this is addressed with urgency. The NTCA’s position is that all future connectivity solutions must be proven to be able to deliver a reliable and effective means of communication to remote families and businesses. The NTCA continues to build cross-cultural relationships and engage with the indigenous people of the Northern Territory through its Real Jobs Program (RJP). The program has been running for a number of years, and has continued successfully in 2015. The RJP provides participants with intensive skills training and then full time employment on cattle stations across the Territory. A mentor program ensures participants receive all the training and support that they need throughout the year to be successful in the pastoral industry and enjoy the beginning of a career. The NTCA’s Indonesian Student Program, expanded in 2014-15, continues to grow and develop as the flagship model for grass-roots diplomacy between Australia and its nearest neighbour and key trading partner – Indonesia. The program has built an alumni of over 54 past and present students in its four years of operation, and is held in high regard by governments, industry and stakeholders both in Indonesia and the Northern Territory. The 2015 NTCA Conference, held in Darwin, reflected the importance of a new era of opportunity in Northern Australia, and the Northern beef industry in particular, by carrying the theme “Unlocking the North”. The annual event attracted over 500 delegates to the conference, and 640 to the Gala Dinner – the largest in the NTCA’s history, an indicator that the industry is on the cusp of resurgence. Not only were members and delegates presented with models supporting a brighter future, they had their place in the industry tested by what might lie ahead – the threat of beef grown in a laboratory taking over the demand for that produced naturally in Australia. Presenters challenged delegates to think outside the square about what their business will look like, about how they plan to structure their operations, and how they plan to cope with the future on a personal level. With cattle and beef demand remain robust throughout 2015, a good wet season across northern Australia should see increased optimism and opportunity for NTCA members into 2016. The NTCA welcomed the announcement of the free trade agreements with Japan, Korea and China.