Engagement and trust established with the general community
The department has continued to engage and develop trust with the community through participating and partnering with the training and education sector, promoting public awareness and understanding of the NT’s industries and demonstrating transparency in processes, decision making and communications.
During the year, the department:
- delivered 28 specific key messages and promotions to community stakeholders through the NT Government Facebook page (@NTgovernment), which has over 14,000 direct followers. These posts reached over 115,000 people
- contributed news articles to the NT Government internal eNewsletter, The Pulse, content across several NT Government Facebook channels, and industry newsletters, including the NT Farmers newsletter and the NT Seafood Council newsletter
- supported news article content for the NT News NT Business Review feature and concerning the 24 Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry Implementation community bulletins released.
- Finalised and published the Fisheries Division 2019‑2022 Strategic Plan.
- Reached 8,000 followers of the Fisheries NT Facebook page (@FisheriesNT) used to communicate key messages to fishing stakeholders and other interested followers.
- Released a draft Petroleum Reserved Block (no‑go zone) policy for community consultation in June 2019.
- Published a Code of Practice: Onshore Petroleum Activities developed in collaboration with CSIRO, which was also released for community consultation as part of implementing the recommendations of the Final Report of the Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry.
- Provided the community opportunity to comment on amendments to the Petroleum Act 1984 through the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee of the NT Parliament.
- Published approved environment management plans for petroleum activities online.
- Launched the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 storyboard presentations to remote Aboriginal communities to inform residents about mineral title applications process and associated opportunities.
- Delivered a discussion paper on the Legacy Mines Strategic Plan, hosted a workshop and established an industry working group to contribute to the development of the strategic plan.
- Facilitated meetings on the national hydrogen strategy as part of a visit to Darwin by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.
- Managed a scholarship for young Territorians to travel interstate to study degrees in resource industry disciplines not offered at CDU.
- Ensured local communities, Traditional Owners, land councils and pastoralists were fully consulted and informed regarding field‑based geoscience activities.
- Delivered the AGES 2019 in Alice Springs with a mixture of government and industry presentations showcasing the rich minerals and petroleum potential of the NT. The event was attended by 250 delegates, including representatives from exploration companies, as well as government and Aboriginal organisations.
- Developed communications and stakeholder engagement plans and activities to promote the importance of biosecurity, specifically:
- engagement with key stakeholders for the National Citrus Canker and Browsing Ant Eradication programs
- a plant biosecurity communications and stakeholder engagement plan to increase awareness and encourage detection and reporting
- an African swine fever communications and stakeholder engagement strategy and awareness‑raising activities.
- Embedded radio, print and social media communications across the NT to support the citrus canker response program in calling for the public to report their citrus plants for a free plant health inspection.
- Conducted joint animal welfare visits to remote communities in Central Australia with the CLC to raise awareness of animal welfare including management of feral animals during unseasonably dry conditions.
- Awarded $200,000 in animal welfare grants to community organisations.
- Led a coordinated animal welfare response as part of Tropical Cyclone Trevor.
- Facilitated effective partnerships to support agriculture in the Northern Territory, including:
- use of farm resources by Department of Education for vocational education and training (VET) programs
- hosting higher degree students
- hosting Charles Darwin University higher education and VET students
- training for overseas industry staff.
- Promoted agriculture in the NT through:
- hosting and contributing to field days, regional shows and other public relation events
- engaging with students through schools, VET and higher education
- participating in the Science with Schools programs.
- Established the Paddock Power group under the NT Government Facebook page in June 2019 that now has 66 members.
Raised awareness of the department’s work through regional newsletters. The newsletters reported regional departmental activities and extension information to stakeholders. There are over 1,564 online subscribers to the department’s newsletters.
|Newsletter name||Publication date||Audience||Distribution method and circulation|
|Alice Springs Rural Review||18 October 2018 |
19 December 2018
10 April 2019
|Alice Springs |
|258 electronic subscribers|
|Barkly Beef||11 September 2018 |
20 December 2018
26 March 2019
|Barkly region producers, some producers in other regions (including Queensland)||86 electronic subscribers|
|Katherine Rural Review||11 September 2018 |
14 December 2018
25 March 2019
14 June 2019
|Katherine region producers||233 electronic subscribers|
|Top Paddock||19 October 2018 |
21 December 2018
4 April 2019
|Top End producers||380 electronic subscribers|
|Animal Health||As above||Pastoral producers||Newsletter inserted into Katherine Rural Review and Top Paddock|
|Pastoral Market Update||Monthly||Pastoral industry, MLA, other government agencies||208 electronic subscribers|
|NT Pastoral Feed Outlook Bulletins||Quarterly with a special edition in January |
due to dry conditions
|Pastoral producers across the NT|
|Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory||08 May 2018 |
03 September 2018
|Pastoral producers||287 electronic subscribers|
|Citrus Canker Update||27 August 2018 |
12 September 2018
05 October 2018
13 November 2018
6 December 2018
|NT community||112 electronic subscribers|
ANNUAL REPORT 2018-19 - DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND RESOURCES
Last updated: 23 October 2019
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