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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
54 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA and proactive incentives for industry to grow and meet demand for more sophisticated and versatile agricultural products. The integration of this strategy with policy and legislative change around land tenure and resource use will be critical to the overall success of the strategy. 80% of the NT road network is unsealed and continues to be one of the major factors limiting existing operations and future development. The northern wet season renders large areas of the Northern Territory inaccessible, unable to source supplies or market produce. The state of the road network in Central Australia has also affected cattle producers ability to respond to drought. It has been estimated that the NT requires an investment approaching $2 billion to bring the network to a reasonable level on which to move forward. With an indigenous population exceeding 30%, the NTCA has continued in its approach to fostering increased participation in the pastoral workforce through a range of formal and structured programs. 2010 will see over 65 indigenous participants working on a range of pastoral properties on the Northern Territory under these programs which are delivering real jobs in industry. This initiative is seen to be important to regional development as well as underpinning the further opening up of indigenous land across the NT, currently comprising more than 50% of the landmass. In November, Ross Peatling advised that he would be stepping down as NTCA representative on Cattle Council. On behalf of our members I would like to thank Ross for his long involvement and commitment to the task of representing the NTCA on Cattle Council. I would also like to thank Roy Chisholm who completed his term as President in March 2009. George Scott will be the new NTCA representative on Cattle Council and we look forward to his contribution. In closing, I congratulate Cattle Council of Australia on another year of excellent industry representation. Rohan Sullivan President NT Cattlemen's Association