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Farm Finance: Concessional Loans Scheme
LOAN APPLICATIONS OPEN
Eligible farm businesses in the Northern Territory
can now apply for a concessional loan as part of the
Australian Government Farm Finance Program.
The concessional loans scheme in the Northern Territory
will be managed and delivered by QRAA.
For more information on eligibility criteria, loan terms
and how to apply visit www.nt.gov.au/d/primary_industry
or phone 8936 4089.
This program is funded by the Australian Government, and delivered by QRAA
on behalf of the Northern Territory.
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PASTORALISTS from throughout
the Barkly and beyond have gath-
ered for the biggest-ever cattle-
The NT Cattlemen’s Association is
hosting its 30th annual conference in
Laying claim to the title of Northern
Australia’s premier beef industry event
of the year, the conference has attracted
around 500 guests.
With a theme Past 30, Next 30, the As-
sociation’s new leadership program to
identify and nurture the northern cattle
industry’s future leaders will be launched
at the conference today.
Other agenda items at the two-day event
include international markets, commod-
ity outlooks, agricultural diversification,
regional economies, emerging markets,
social licence and future industry repre-
Guest speaker Catriona Rowntree ad-
dressed the ladies’ luncheon yesterday
while a Cattlemen’s Gala Dinner will be
held at Sky City Casino tonight.
Pastoralists herd together
for cattlemen’s conference
A NEW Local Tourism Advi-
sory Committee in Tennant
Creek will hopefully boost
visitor numbers to the re-
The group, yet to be announced,
will be made up of local tourism
operators who will provide input
directly to Tourism NT.
The news was announced by
Chief Minister Adam Giles who
says he has listened to what the
people of Tennant Creek want to
help develop the local economy.
“This new Committee will give
local tourism operators a stronger
voice and more influence on the
marketing of their region around
Australia and the world,” he said.
“Tourism is a key part of our
plans to develop Northern Austra-
lia and regional towns like Tennant
“A thriving tourism industry will
benefit the Barkly by providing a
boost to local businesses and creat-
ing more jobs for locals.
“Labor had 11 years in govern-
ment but failed to develop an
economic plan for Tennant Creek
and this is just one of the many
initiatives the Country Liberals
are implementing to reenergise
Minister for Tourism Matt Conlan
said Tennant Creek had incredible
tourism experiences to offer.
“The Barkly has a rich history
around mining as well as the cattle
industries and is home to many
great attractions including the Dev-
ils Marbles and the 2,191km Binns
Track, which has been described as
one of Australia’s epic four-wheel
drive journeys,” he said.
“Receiving local knowledge
direct from experts on the ground
will assist Tourism NT to better
market these experiences in the
Tennant Creek Regional Eco-
nomic Development Committee
Chair Jason Newman welcomed
the announcement of the new Lo-
cal Tourism Advisory Committee
(LTAC) saying he hoped it would
rejuvenate tourism in the Barkly.
“We want more people to experi-
ence the wonders of Tennant Creek
and the Barkly,” he said.
“This is a great part of the Ter-
ritory, but too few people know
“Operators in the region have
long campaigned for more input
and cooperation and we are glad
that Tourism NT and the Govern-
ment are open to building that
The LTAC will consist of tourism
operators and businesses selected
by the local industry.
The group will attend quarterly
meetings with Tourism NT and is
expected to begin on 1 July 2014.
The Visitor Information Centre
will continue to operate as usual
in Tennant Creek.
for Tennant Creek
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“A year later we were in the new facility and it has
been a tremendous asset in combating the effects of
alcohol abuse in town but now it looks like we have to
go back to square one.”
BRADAAG doesn’t think the town can do without
the sobering up shelter that averages nine referrals each
night between Tuesday and Saturday.
“Without the shelter police will have to lock up people
who have had too much to drink,” Georgina said.
“The other option would be to take them home but as
we’ve seen in the past that increases the risk of domestic
violence and further alcohol abuse.”
Georgina said the Board and CEO had been consider-
ing ways to save the facility.
“We’ve thought about relocating our residential re-
habilitation centre in Staunton Street and using it as a
sobering-up shelter but given the short notice it’s not
going to be easy to have anything ready, even under
the best case scenario.”
Government reclaims sobering-up shelter
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