The NT Government has released the first detailed soil and land suitability study in the Wadeye area which identified more than 5000ha of versatile land suited to a range of agricultural crops.
“The Government’s main priority is creating local jobs and this study highlights a great opportunity to do this,” Acting Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Eva Lawler said.
“The study provides scientific evidence that Wadeye is located on a significant soil and groundwater resource, paving the way for economic development and job opportunities in the area.
“An understanding of the land and water resources around regional towns and communities is fundamental for community leaders and government to make sustainable natural resource based economic development decisions.
“This is an excellent example of why land and water investigations in the vicinity of Aboriginal communities is a critical first step in identifying realistic economic opportunities. We now have a resource base to take to the Wadeye community leaders.
“The suitability study boosts future agricultural development options and employment opportunities for the Wadeye community.”
Findings from the study will inform economic development decisions by government and industry, promote investor confidence, guide pre-investment due diligence and empower traditional owners.
While the new information is vital for assessing potential economic development options, it’s also critical for ensuring important environmental and cultural assets are protected.
The Wadeye information is the seventh soil and land suitability study carried out by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Territory on Aboriginal Land Trusts over the past four years.
The reports and maps released today are now available on the DENR website.
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