The proposed $30 million cotton gin in Katherine won more support today.
The Country Liberal Party has joined Territory Alliance in promising to support the building of the cotton gin which farmers say is necessary to help establish the broadacre crop in the Top End.
Opposition leader Lia Finocchiaro said released the CLP’s agriculture policy today.
The election promise fell short of the $10 million needed from the public purse to help build the cotton gin, the CLP said it would “facilitate” and “help deliver” its construction.
Territory Alliance was more specific, actually listing the $10 million spend.
But support for cotton comes despite significant opposition to the crop.
Conservationists today issued yet another warning to Territorian taxpayers not to let the cotton industry use public funds.
“We know that the cotton industry wants to establish large-scale operations in the Northern Territory. If this is allowed to proceed, we’ll see bushland bulldozed and water extracted from already stretched supplies,” Jason Fowler, from Environment Centre NT, said.
“This is just the start. Once cotton gets established, the cotton industry and irrigators push harder and harder for more land and more water for more cotton fields.”