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Northern Territory vegetable farm delayed after review

A large Central Australian horticulture development has been delayed after environmental concerns caused a review of the project's license to extract 40 billion litres of underground water. Fortune Agribusiness plans to build a 3500-hectare irrigated fruit and vegetable farm at Singleton cattle station, about 380 kilometres north of Alice Springs.

However, that is being revised after the Northern Territory government accepted an independent panel's recommendations for more license conditions to protect both the environment and Indigenous culture.

Fortune chairman Peter Wood says stage one of the project will be extended from two to three years so the company can satisfy the additional conditions. Fortune was awarded the biggest water license ever granted in the NT in April, causing concern among Indigenous groups and environmentalists, and the review. Fortune says it's committed to working closely with the Central Land Council and traditional owners and other stakeholders in the NT.


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