Ongoing Jobs and Development through the NT’s largest agricultural land releases

Diversifying the Northern Territory economy is one way the Territory Government is creating long term local jobs.

Agricultural development will bring significant ongoing development opportunities and sustainable economic benefits to the Northern Territory – along with 150 local jobs.

With the support of the Northern Territory Government, the NT Land Corporation, in partnership with NT Farmers Association, is calling for Expressions of Interest for three highly prospective agricultural land developments:

Keep Plains Agricultural Development –

67,500 hectares available on the NT/WA border, adjoining WA’s iconic Ord River Irrigation Scheme, and suitable for a wide variety of high quality broadacre crops from melons to cotton to sorghum and chia.

Wildman Agricultural Development –

26,000 hectares of land along the Stuart Highway and Point Stuart road which could be used for high yield crops such as bananas, mangoes and leafy vegetables as well as cattle and buffalo production.

Larrimah Agricultural Development –

5,712 hectares of land on offer in the Big River region with direct access to logistics routes along the Stuart Highway the sites are suitable for a wide range of dryland and irrigated crops including mangoes, citrus and melons, as well as intensified beef production.
Spread out across the Territory the flow on from these three agricultural land releases is expected to create over 150 new jobs and regional training opportunities for Territorians and will grow the Territory’s capacity to lead with new agricultural innovation, technology, infrastructure and environmental stewardship.

Agriculture is Australia’s fastest growing sector. The Territory has a diverse and well-established agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors, with plant-based industries alone worth over $350 million and over 135,000 tonnes of produce grown annually.

The Northern Territory is already recognised as a producer and supplier of high-quality mangoes, melons and Asian vegetables to domestic and international markets.

These agricultural land releases will enhance the development of sustainable industries within our region, grow regional and remote economies and create jobs, training and provide business opportunities for Territorians.

The NT Government is supporting these land releases through investment in our roads infrastructure in order to access these highly prospective sites.

The Keep River Plains Road upgrades valued at over $58 million, jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, provides significant opportunities for the Keep Plains Agricultural Development. In addition, the Territory Government recently released the design tender for the Point Stuart Road, which will provide even more accessibility to the Wildman Agricultural Precinct.

To view the expressions of interests visit:

Source: NT Government