NTCA conference: New award up for grabs

A bird's eye view of last year's spectacular gala dinner.
A bird's eye view of last year's spectacular gala dinner. Grenville Turner

PROUDLY hosted by the NTCA Top End branch, the 33rd annual NTCA industry conference will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre on March 31.

The theme of the conference is Positioning for Prosperity and the event aims to provide delegates with a platform to advance toward the unprecedented levels of innovation, demand and growth that lies ahead for the northern Australian cattle industry.

The event will attract more than 500 delegates and aims to challenge and inform attendees, as well as inspire and stimulate conversations and ideas about the past, present and future directions of the industry.

The conference agenda will deliver world class experts, who will address critical issues relevant to today's industry, and the industry of the future.

Delegates will hear from expert speakers, who will cover topics such as foreign investment; the advantage of building relationships with our Asian neighbours; how market competitors such as Brazil may impact the beef producers of Australia and the NT; technology and how to prepare for the digital consumers of the future; as well as updates on markets in Indonesia and Vietnam.

Puma Energy Amateur Photography Competition

This popular amateur competition, supported once again by long-time partner Puma Energy, is back again in 2017.

The competition is open to all NTCA members who might fancy themselves as an amateur photographer.

The competition has three sections:

Portrait (person or animal) - a photograph that captures the likeness of a person/animal or a small group of people/animals in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the subject/s.

Landscape - intended to show different places within the NT, showing little or no human activity, using subjects as landforms, weather or ambient light,

Industry at work or play - pictures of our industry, people and landscapes, showing everyday life or extraordinary situations. Pictorials must include people and may also include examples of caring for our livestock, environment and each other.

There is also the grand prize for the People's Choice Award. The entries will be displayed at the conference, with the winners announced at the gala dinner.


Gala Dinner

Once again, the NTCA AACo Gala Dinner promises the 600 delegates and guests in attendance an evening of merriment and the opportunity to unwind and catch up with friends before another busy year ahead.

The event will carry the theme The Great Gatsby, so there will be shaker dresses and champagne aplenty.

The program for the evening includes the announcement of awards such as the Puma Energy Amateur Photography Competition, and dinner will be provided courtesy of AACo.


Leader Award

The conference will include the inaugural announcement of the Alward Foster Memorial Emerging Indigenous Pastoral Leader Award.

The award, created to recognise an emerging indigenous leader espousing attributes of the indigenous stockmen and women who contributed to the pioneering of the Northern Territory pastoral sector, carries the name of much loved former NTCA employee Alward Foster.

Alward was a natural born leader with a charismatic nature and a caring spirit, and was a role model for all young Aboriginal men and women.

This award is an exciting new addition to the program, and the award itself will be presented by Ken Vowles, NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources.


Topics:  farm farming northern territory northern territory cattlemen's association ntca ntca annual conference

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