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Mapping the Future for jobs and investment: Budget 2017

The Territory Labor Government has released its new $9.935 million Mapping the Future program which will support scientific teams to identify potential productive land for future use in regional areas and improve natural resources information.

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources said the program would map the soil, water and biodiversity assets in regional parts of the NT.

“The 2017 Budget has a clear focus on investing in our future and creating sustainable jobs right across the Territory and that’s why we are investing $9.935 million over five years to improve natural resource information in regional areas,” Ms Moss said.

“The Territory Labor Government is restoring trust and accountability in the bush by providing this crucial scientific information
to landholders, investors and other stakeholders so they can help us further develop the Territory in an evidence-based and sustainable way.
“We understand that good environmental policy is good economic policy and we want to ensure that we are planning for the future effectively and responsibly in order to maximise economic growth, open up new jobs and protect the environment.”

The mapping that takes place over the five year period will;

The first year of the program involves extensive planning and consultation with industry and community stakeholders from across the NT to identify prospective areas for mapping.

Scientific teams will be deployed from July 2018 once priority areas have been identified and land access agreements secured. When active, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will;

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