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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Carbon and the Carbon pollution reduCtion sCheme (Cprs) This year has been a defining year in the journey towards an emissions trading scheme. No one is more aware of the impacts of climate variability then our rangeland industry. It has been the impending government policy impact that is seen as the major threat to our sector rather than climate change itself. The headlong rush to a CPRS, in the absence of sensible and workable rules for agriculture from the highest levels (Kyoto) and the resulting production and economic impact makes the brave new world of carbon trading a major challenge. The NTCA provided submissions to the Federal Green Paper and Territory Government’s climate change process and also commends NFF on the leadership that it has provided to the agricultural sector. indigenous programs The NTCA is a key driver, along with land councils, the NT Government and Indigenous Land Corporation of the NT Indigenous Pastoral Program (IPP). The IPP is an initiative to increase the level of aboriginal employment in the pastoral industry and the amount of aboriginal land under production. The IPP has made significant gains over the past 5 years with over 20,000 km2 of new land developed under agreements with industry. This initiative will produce part of the anticipated expansion of the NT cattle herd to meet increasing market demand. reneWable energy Whilst prices have come back recently, the high fuel prices throughout the year placed an enormous cost burden on the industry. Moving forward the association is addressing this through two projects which are nearing completion. One project is working with large stations throughout the NT and identifying economical options to utilise renewable energy and reduce diesel use to power homesteads. The second project is the evaluation of renewable energy and its application by remaining stations. sCoping futures With support of the Government’s Caring for Country program, the NTCA will roll out a new and exciting futures initiative to map a range of future scenarios for NT pastoral lands (involving indigenous and non-indigenous lands) and industry. The idea of the project is to get a step ahead to establish the broader drivers that will work to form the future for a viable and prosperous sector into the next 20-30 years. The project aims to inform industry strategy, government policy and R&D. This year NTCA celebrated 25 years since a number of smaller regional representative bodies combined to form the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. From strong beginnings the association has grown and developed over its 25 years actively representing the industry. The NTCA is clearly focused on sustaining viable export markets while also strengthening domestic markets. On behalf of our members I would like to thank Ross Peatling for his commitment to the NTCA and his high level representation on the Cattle Council. In closing, I congratulate Cattle Council of Australia on another year of excellent industry representation. NTCA life members and President cutting the cake to celebrate the NTCA’s silver anniversary at the association’s Gala Dinner at Ooraminna Homestead, Alice Springs (L-R) Ian McBean, Ross Peatling, Ken Warriner, John and Terry Underwood, Roy Chisholm and Wally Braitling (cutting cake) is inducted as a life member of NTCA 64 Roy Chisholm President NT Cattlemen’s Association 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 64 5/5/09 8:01:19 PM