01.09.17 PROJECT SEA DRAGON WELCOMED

PROJECT SEA DRAGON WELCOMED

Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Senator Patrick Dodson and Warren Snowdon Federal Member for Lingiari have welcomed the landmark signing the NT Government and Seafarms for the development of their important aquaculture projects in the NT.

Project Sea Dragon is a $1.45b prawn aquaculture project that will see the development of up to 10,000hectares of land for black tiger prawn production facilities. 

This outcome could only be achieved with the support of Aboriginal people in the region through the signing of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) earlier this week between Traditional Owners and Seafarms for the development of the project on the remote Legune Cattle Station in the Northern Territory.

“The support of native title holders is the foundation on which a successful project can be established and is a sign of what can be achieved when the parties negotiate in good faith.” Senator Dodson said.

“This project provides benefits and support for native title holders to manage country while developing major economic activity in the region, providing jobs, training and importantly protection of sites and the environment.” Mr Snowdon said.

The project’s success in reaching this stage also depended upon the collaboration and support of the NT, WA and Commonwealth Governments in providing essential infrastructure and they are to be congratulated.

The project to export black tiger prawns has the potential to transform the Ord Region of Northern Australia which straddles the Western Australian and Northern Territory Top End border. Once fully-operational, Project Sea Dragon is estimated to create 1,500 jobs opportunities for the region.

FRIDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

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