The Big Rivers Region comprises of a vast area extending between the western and eastern borders of the Northern Territory and making up 22% of the northern land mass.
Located 320km south of Darwin, the township of Katherine is the region’s central service and supply hub connecting Darwin to Adelaide by the north-south transcontinental rail route. Katherine is strategically positioned to connect trade routes from Australia’s east, west and south to the major port of Darwin which is busiest live export port in the world and is ideally located as the closest Australian capital city to growing Asian markets
With a broad-based economy that is driven by key industry sectors such as mining, agriculture, tourism and defence, the region boasts some of the most significant economic activity in Northern Australia including:
- One of the largest deposits of zinc-lead in the world at McArthur River Mine
- The Beetaloo Sub-basin as a world-class shale gas resource and home to over three-quarters of the Northern Territory’s prospective shale gas resources with an indication of a ‘P50 gas-in-place resource’ of at least 500 trillion cubic feet in one shale layer alone in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.
- Home to the Grow Out Facility for Project Sea Dragon as a large-scale, integrated, land-based prawn aquaculture project with potential to generate 130,000 – 180,000 tonnes of black tiger prawns per annum
- Katherine’s photovoltaic park (34 MW) as the largest solar farm in the Northern Territory and a major contributor to the Northern Territory Government’s objective of producing 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030
- Home to Larrimah Agricultural Precinct Development as one of the three largest agriculture land releases in the history of the Northern Territory delivering almost 100,000 hectares into production in the coming years
- Production of 20% of Australia’s mango supply
- Home to some of the most renowned tourism destinations in Northern Australia including Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Elsey National Parks as well as many other experiences built around vast river systems, savannah plains, rocky escarpments and untouched coastlines.
Last updated: 24 September 2021
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