Humpty-Doo-Barramundi-FarmThe Developing Northern Australia Conference: Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential will be held on 20-22 June 2016 at Darwin Convention Centre.

The Conference continues the dialogue started in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. If you haven’t already registered your attendance at the conference CLICK HERE.

Conference delegates have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at two innovative projects as optional site visits after the Conference on Wednesday 22 June to Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm and; Arafura Timor Research Facility. To read more about the tours and to book a spot CLICK HERE.

Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm is a true success story demonstrating vision and ingenuity; an example of northern Australia’s potential.

As a privately owned and operated family business, Humpty Barramundi has been producing premium barramundi since 1993.

From the humble beginnings of a 300 kg annual harvest, the business has grown to become one of the largest producers of salt water barramundi in Australia. At first it was just the vision of owner Bob Richards.

As a pioneer Humpty Doo Barramundi has made significant investment into research and development and trial and error farming in untried territory.

Delegates will see the farm in operation with stops at the nursery, ponds, and packaging plant.  Watch the team harvesting the barramundi and taste the produce in a specially crafted product tasting.  With commentary provided by the owners this visit is an example of providing employment opportunities for local people; research and development; water management; continuous improvement and investment.

Coach departs Darwin Convention Centre at 8:30. Returns at 1:30 pm and you will need to wear comfortable shoes.

101_Picture 015The Arafura Timor Research Facility (ATRF) is the base for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Darwin.

It provides modern, multi-functional laboratories to support research into coastal and marine ecology across Northern Australia. The ATRF is also a logistics centre underpinning field work in the estuaries and wetlands of the Top End, and marine studies of the Arafura/Timor Seas and the two northern gulfs.

The visit to the ATRF will showcase our Aquaria Facility, tropical ecotoxicology and contaminants studies in NT coastal waters, modelling activities in Darwin Port informing its development, and the joint AIMS – Geoscience Australia – NT Government exercise in benthic habitat mapping in Darwin and Bynoe Harbours.

The Aquaria Facility is a satellite of the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) at AIMS headquarters outside Townsville. It maintains the brood stock for tropical ecotoxicology services and also the means for controlled-environment testing.

Coach departs Darwin Convention Centre at 9:00 am and returns at 1:30 pm.

Numbers are limited, click here if you would like to register for a site tour.