Enews – February Edition – New Team Member

Welcome to 2019!




New NTDC team member!

Picture: Edward Obi, Population Attraction Coordinator, NTDC.

NTDC welcomes Edward Obi to the team with a part-time focus around the population program coordination and to start compiling case studies of successful, interstate and international migration to Northern Tasmania.

Edward has a background in law and International business. He has worked with multinational organisations in Europe and West Africa before moving to Launceston with his family. During his spare time, he enjoys writing, reading, and karate.

If you know someone that could feature as part of our promotion to attract new families and skilled people to Northern Tasmania contact Edward at:Edward@ntdc.org.au.






Regional Economic Development Plan (REDP) 

As part of the 2017 Launceston City Deal, NTDC was given the responsibility to develop a Regional Economic Development Strategy to ensure the Launceston City Deal is leveraged to benefit the whole region.

The City Deal requires the strategy to set out an economic vision for Northern Tasmania and identify where future economic growth and employment is likely to come from. The REDP aims to encourage collaboration amongst all stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes for the region.

It is not just NTDC’s plan, but it belongs to the whole Region. The REDP is now in its final draft form with various input from stakeholders and is in the process of being presented to all three levels of government over January and February 2019, in preparation for public release for consultation.

Many key themes have evolved in the REDP and a few are as follows:

  • Strengthening Regional collaboration – Acknowledging that we need more sharing of information, trends and collaboration to become more globally competitive.
  • Growing our exports – To Increase international and interregional exports by 45% from current levels in order to significantly reduce the $1.4B/year gap between our region’s exports and imports. An industry focus to achieve this growth is recommended around ‘Food Systems’ (everything from agricultural production through to food science, processing, biosecurity, high tech applications, etc). According to NIEIR this is the largest export growth opportunity by 2031 for the region.
  • Increasing our population – We need to increase the working age population (18-64) by approximately 10,000 to provide the skills and fill the jobs required for our growing economy.
Northern Food Network
Due to a high level of interest in food and agri-business in Northern Tasmania, NTDC and RDA Tas established a Food Network in August in 2018. The aim is to connect businesses in the food and agricultural sectors so we can share experiences, knowledge, ideas, value-add to your business, and facilitate enquiries and connections.
The 2019 event dates are now released!   

Based on your feedback we have scheduled the following sessions below. If you have any feedback or suggested speakers you would like to hear from then let Kevin Turner, RDA Tas (kevin.turner@rdatasmania.org.au) or Maree Tetlow, NTDC (maree@ntdc.org.au).

Key dates to lock into your diary now are:

20 March 2019 – Marketing Food
With guest speakers: Freya Griffin (ex Tasfoods and now Red Jelly) and Tim Barbour, Gourmet Sauces.

15 May 2019 – Freight and Logistics
With guest speakers to be advised.

17 July 2019 – Business Growth Phase – Learning from the Experience
With guest speakers to be advised.

18 September 2019 – Labelling, Barcodes and Branding
With guest speakers to be advised.

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining in on the discussions, please contact NTDC via the contact us space on our website by clicking here or alternatively email admin@ntdc.org.au.

Head over to our Food Network Facebook page to keep up to date on all things in this space!

On Farm Energy & Irrigation:

The On-farm Energy and Irrigation Audit Program provides a subsidy to assist farmers engage a qualified professional to review their farm energy use, infrastructure and systems, and to identify savings strategies.

Funding is available over 3 years – 2018/19 – 2020/21 and remains open until the allocation for each financial year is fully committed. Applicants can apply at any time in this period.

To find out more or apply click here.

The 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress 
3-8 March 2019 
Supplementary day for Next Generation agricultural managers on Saturday 2nd March
The main theme is “Growing Agriculture at 410 South”. While the theme infers special interest in Tasmania, and is consistent with the State Government’s objective of increasing the farm gate value of agricultural output 10-fond by 2050.
Submissions close 31 October 2018. Click here for more information.