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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 63 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 L ive cattle exports are an important part of the Northern Territory’s – and Australia’s – agricultural economy, and the Port of Darwin is perfectly geared to handle around 50% of the nation’s livestock exports. With its multi-modal facilities, deep water berths, dedicated infrastructure, excellent quarantine services and no congestion, the Port of Darwin boasts more than 25 years live export experience. Darwin’s proximity to Australia’s beef producers and the growing markets of Asia means cattle spend less time in transit and maintain their superior quality. When it comes to exporting livestock, you can put your trust in the Port of Darwin. Darwin Port Corporation GPO Box 390, DARWIN NT 0801 Australia Phone: (+61) 8 8922 0660 Fax: (+61) 8 8922 0666 Email: email@example.com Web: www.darwinport.nt.gov.au A u s t r a l i a ’s n o r t h e r n g a t e w a y f o r c a t t l e e x p o r t s D P C 2 4 5 9 DPC2459 CATTLE 136x185mm:DPC2180 CATTLE 136x185mm b 9/10/07 4:17 PM Page 1 government drought policy, many other properties are affected by this abnormal event in Central australia. The NTCa and the NT primary Industries Department have worked tirelessly to complete and deliver an exceptional Circumstances drought package to Canberra, which was successful. This drought affected region is now recognised as being in exceptional Circumstance (eC), and individual properties are able to access support, the same as in drought affected regions of NSW, QLD, vIC and Sa. ROaDS Safety for all road users must be paramount. In 2007 the association canvassed members at branch meetings to prioritise the key roads in the NT. The majority of roads servicing the cattle industry are sub-standard. It is most notable that many bridges are being upgraded for higher weight loadings when the adjoining roads are not being upgraded for the same reason. The appalling state of many Territory roads is still our major bone of contention. Many territory producers suffer a substantial penalty in a direct cash cost because they are forced to transport cattle on dangerous and poorly maintained roads. THe FUTURe Looking to the future, the NTCa remains clearly focused on sustaining viable export markets while also strengthening its domestic meat markets. Our producers are renowned for their premium quality cattle and our challenge today is to utilise sound research outcomes delivered by MLa, industry and government to achieve market advances. 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 of australia. In closing, I congratulate the Cattle Council on another year of excellent industry representation. Your work today will improve our future tomorrow.