More land in Central Australia being released for agribusiness development
Centrefarm, the body established by Aboriginal landowners in Central Australia in 2003 to develop horticultural business on their land, is growing.
Five parcels of land in the Anmatjere (Ti Tree) region have been released for agribusiness development with a further six due for release by the middle of this year.
Centrefarm’s General Manager Alan Cooney told the NT Indigenous paper, Common Ground:
“Land in this region is very attractive to agribusiness. It’s an easy to manage environment, there’s adequate and sustainable water resources. The environment is clean, so chemical use is minimised.”
These projects, in which land is leased to commercial interests, are aimed to establish large-scale capital investment creating an economy that provides employment while the traditional landowners retain ownership.
Centrefarm’s main functions are to:
To start up, Centrefarm received grants from the Pratt Foundation and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Currently it receives funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account and Central Land Council.
Centrefarm expect to derive a significant portion of its operating revenue from fees for services provided to industry and landowners in facilitating development on the land it presides over.
We’d love to get some feedback on some of these projects??