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$13.9 million to unlock Northern Australia's business potential

17 October 2017

Joint media release between Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP and Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Craig Laundy MP

From reducing infant pearl oyster deaths to ensuring crocodile skin is lesion free, successful project applicants from the CRC for Developing Northern Australia project funding round are as interesting as the locations they hail from.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy today announced that seven projects would receive $13.9 million to increase their competitiveness through industry-led collaborative research to solve unique industry problems in the north.

The projects funded include:

  • Developing and applying control strategies to prevent the Kunjin and Poxvirus which cause skin lesions in crocodiles. Reducing skin lesions will allow more of the crocodile skin to be used in the high-end fashion market.

  • Developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton, grains and fodder by addressing knowledge gaps related to commercial-scale irrigation.

  • Establishing legume crops in the vast clay soil regions of north Australia to increase livestock productivity.

  • Breeding for resistance to juvenile pearl oyster mortality syndrome.

    Mr Joyce said the Government’s goal was to build a strong and resilient north that delivers jobs, growth and investment.

    “The initiatives form part of the Government’s agenda to unlock northern Australia’s potential for economic growth and make living and doing business in the north easier and more productive,” Mr Joyce said.

    Mr Laundy said the Government’s investment would leverage a further $37 million of cash and in-kind inputs from project partners, representing a co-investment of $50.9 million in commercially-focused research.

    “The $13.9 million for these projects builds on the Government’s $75 million investment in the new Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia,” Mr Laundy said.

    (ENDS)

Successful project applicants

Developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton, grains and fodder

Ord River District Cooperative Ltd

Kununurra, WA

New pastures to increase livestock productivity across the north

Agrimix Pty Ltd

Coopers Plains,  QLD

Breeding for resistance to juvenile pearl oyster mortality syndrome

Ellies Pearling Pty Ltd

Winnellie, NT

Strategies to prevent two viruses devaluing Australian crocodile skins

Porosus Pty Ltd

Noonamah; NT

Applying new technologies to enhance biosecurity and cattle quality

Branir Pty Limited & the Trustee for Booloomani Unit Trust

(Tipperary Group of Stations Dorat); Douglas-Daley, NT

Improving banana crop productivity in northern Australia

Terragen Biotech Pty Ltd

Melbourne, VIC

The Probio-TICK Initiative

Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd

Smithfield, NSW

Please note: These are collaborative, multi-organisation projects, and only the lead proponent is shown here. The project activity may take place over multiple locations or in a different location to where applicants are located. Also, it was not a requirement of the funding round that applicants needed to be located in northern Australia but the projects must address an industry challenge in the north and outcomes must deliver benefits to Northern Australia.

Further information on the CRC for Developing Northern Australia project funding round recipients is available from: https://www.business.gov.au/NorthernAustraliaProjects

Media Contact:
Minister Joyce's office (02) 6277 7520
Minister Laundy's office (02) 6277 4345