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NT to have one of world's largest prawn farms

Posted: 27 July 2015

What could be Australia's biggest prawn farm will have its development fast-tracked after being given major project status by the Northern Territory and Australian governments.

Project Sea Dragon is a $1.45-billion project to be located at Legune Station on the coastline near the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Leading prawn producer, the Seafarms Group Limited, is to develop the prawn farm which will comprise 10,000 hectares of grow-out ponds and produce more than 100,000 tonnes of prawns each year.

Sea Dragon will create 1,600 sustainable jobs; 1,000 of these jobs will be in the Northern Territory, 65 per cent of which will be remotely based, boosting remote and Indigenous employment and local economies.

A Northern Territory Government Taskforce will facilitate project development across Government agencies, focusing on ensuring legislative and environmental compliance.

The Northern Australia White Paper identifies aquaculture as a key opportunity for the North, making this project highly desirable on the Northern Australia development agenda.

Photo: Alpha, Flickr

US market presents exciting opportunities for NT mango growers

Posted: 16 July 2015

Applications are now open for mango growers to nominate orchards or blocks for export to the US, China and Korea, and for pack-houses and treatment facilities to register for export to US, China, Japan and Korea in 2015.

Market access for mangoes to the US was gained late in the 2014 season. The inaugural shipment of Australian mangoes to the United States included 4.5 tonnes of the tropical fruit.

“Most of the Dallas supermarket shoppers I observed had never seen an Australian mango—they were accustomed to $1.99 mangoes from Peru, which are not as colourful or well-flavoured. At $3.99 each, Aussie mangoes are a premium product, but they sold out quickly,” Michael Daysh, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries Market Development Office said.

The shipment follows 15 years of export protocol negotiations and the US Department of Agriculture’s auditing of Australian growers, packing sheds and treatment facilities to ensure regulatory compliance.

Minister Westra van Holthe said that it was an exciting time for the Territory’s mango growers, and encouraged growers in the Territory to seize the opportunities offered by overseas markets.

“The US market is wonderful—the most promising of all the markets we’ve looked at,” he said.

“It’s very stable, with clear and consistent rules and regulations and I encourage all Territory mango growers to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Growers, pack-houses and treatment facilities have until 27 July to submit their application to the Australian Mango Industry Association. For more information visit agriculture.gov.au.

But will it float?

Posted: 10 July 2015

An iconic Territory boating battle is on again this weekend. Boat builders will be battling it out at the 2015 Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta at Mindil Beach on Sunday 12 July from 10am to 5pm.

This annual Darwin family event is a spectacle for all who line Mindil Beach and cheer on the home-made boats of cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons, as they flounder and sink in the shallows.

Boats will compete in four different classes - Super boats (over 15,000 beer cans), beer can boats, soft drink boats and novelty class (anything else).

It’s not just about the water sports, there will also be plenty of action onshore with beach races for the kids, sandcastle making and the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets will be trading all day.

The Northern Territory Government is a proud sponsor of this event and this year has provided $12 500 to support the Beer Can Regatta.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and enjoy this charity event. Entrance is by a gold coin donation. This year proceeds raised will go to HPA – Helping People Achieve.