Tropic_of_capricornIn an ABC news article published before the weekend, it reports that consultation with industry has begun for a $75 million research centre for developing northern Australia with the hopes of further industry contributions.

The Co-operative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia has started consulting with industries across the north, ahead of its official launch mid-year.

Announced in last year’s Northern Australia White paper, the CRC has been granted $75 million over 10 years to spend on research and development in the north and will concentrate its efforts on agriculture, food and tropical health.

Interim chairman John Wharton spoke to ABC Rural after a meeting with industry groups in the Northern Territory town of Katherine and says; “If an industry, a farmer, a landholder, a fisherman, whatever it might be, sees an opportunity and just can’t afford to fix that problem and needs some research into it, we can bring that researcher along to match them up and bring the relevant money that is needed.” The CRC are encouraging innovative ideas for the region.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential continues the dialogue started in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

Underpinned by the Government’s Top Actions Summary identified in the White Paper the Conference will explore how industry, business, Government and agribusiness are embracing the opportunities for sustainable growth into the next decade.

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To read the full ABC News article; Consultation with industry begins for $75 million research centre for developing northern Australia  CLICK HERE.