Funds flow to stimulate Far North pastoral agriculture

REGIONAL GROWTH: The North West Indigenous Pastoral Project celebrated its success last year by hosting the annual Indigenous Cattlemen’s Workshop on Emeroo Station.
REGIONAL GROWTH: The North West Indigenous Pastoral Project celebrated its success last year by hosting the annual Indigenous Cattlemen’s Workshop on Emeroo Station.

An Indigenous Pastoral Project in the states North West has become the first initiative to benefit from the Marshall Government’s $150 million Regional Growth Fund.

$2.5 million will be delivered to the successful North West Indigenous Pastoral Project (NWIPP) to expand livestock production in the region.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the funding will help return an additional 5,000km2 of pastoral land into commercial livestock production, and increase carrying capacity for livestock.

“The Government is committed to improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities and wants to grow the number of livestock being farmed in the state, so this project achieves several goals,” Minister Whetstone said.

“Returning this land back into production pays dividends in multiple ways as businesses are able to buy or agist more livestock, create employment, improve land and natural resource management and enhance economic returns coming out of the pastoral zone.”

Four prominent Aboriginal landholder groups are participating in the project – the Kokatha Pastoral Pty Ltd, Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, AMY Nominees Pty Ltd, and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY).

The funding will make room for 50 more trainee pastoral workers who will be able to learn lifelong work and business skills.

Participating businesses have developed comprehensive business and property plans under the project – incorporating cultural and environmental values.

Indigenous Land Corporation Chairman Eddie Fry welcomed the government’s commitment to the NWIPP project as it will attract further investment to realise the potential of Indigenous-held land.

“We are proud to be in partnership with the SA Government and their ongoing support means that work can continue to build the productivity and sustainability of valuable Indigenous-held properties to continue to derive Indigenous benefits such as training, employment and enterprise development,” Mr Fry said.