Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association update

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has had a busy start to 2018. The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing was made public the week prior to Christmas, and with over 120 recommendations, the body of work is immense.  The NTCA Executive has formed a Working Petroleum Group to advise the Executive of the best path forward. The response to this report will be submitted by the end of January 2018.

In November 2017, the Federal Government delivered an options paper on proposed reforms to the Native Title Act, 1993.  The NTCA is currently consulting with the pastoral industry and other stakeholders and will deliver a response to this paper in the coming weeks.

The Northern Territory Government have flagged that water reform, vegetation management frameworks and land access reviews are also all on the legislative agenda for 2018.

The NTCA is a grassroots organisation built on the principle of “Advancing and protecting the interests of cattle producers in the Northern Territory.”  The 34th NTCA AGM and Industry Conference will be this year held on the 22-23 March at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.  With a theme of ‘Innovation Generation’, the program will include some interesting and stimulating topics which aim to dissect the future of technology for our industry.

The NTCA has been lucky enough to secure Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Retired) , formerly the Chief of the Australian Defence Force and Chief of the Australian Air Force, he will discuss aviation safety within the cattle industry.  Kalia Colbin, Ambassador for the Singularity University will deliver a presentation on nanotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and how these innovative technologies will impact the pastoral industry in the future.

Wes Lefroy, Agricultural Analyst with Rabobank will explain ‘Blockchain’ and the opportunities that this may represent for the cattle industry.  David Mahony, Head of Small Business Innovation with Google, will take delegates inside Google to understand how they are overcoming the digital divide between rural and city customers.

One of the most popular sessions on the program each year is the afternoon panel session, which comprises a number of industry leaders. In 2018 the calibre of participants is outstanding: Dr Michele Allan, Chair - Meat and Livestock Australia; Fiona Simson, President - National Farmers Federation; Howard Smith, President - Cattle Council of Australia; and Tom Stockwell, President of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. It promises to be an insightful session.

Tickets for the NTCA Conference can be purchased online by following the links at The team at the NTCA looks forward to welcoming all at the conference and are committed to working hard to represent all Northern Territory cattle producers in 2018.

Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association

Last updated: 13 March 2018