Northern Australia Sustainable Futures (NASF) Program

by 4 November 2013

The Northern Australia Sustainable Futures (NASF) program was established in 2010 as an initial response to the recommendations of the Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce. The program has focused on addressing key challenges in regional development in a cooperative manner between the Australian, Queensland, Western Australian and the Northern Territory Governments.

In the 2013 Federal Budget, additional funding was committed for the Office of Northern Australia to continue the Northern Australia Sustainable Futures program [...]

Radio – PNG wants a stronger economic relationship with Northern Australia

by 1 November 2013

1 November 2013 Sean Dorney ABC Radio

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, is proposing the creation of a special economic zone linking PNG with northern Australia.

Mr O’Neill spoke about the idea when addressing a business lunch in the Queensland capital, Brisbane, yesterday where he also talked about his Government’s willingness to host more asylum seeker processing centres and his Government’s controversial takeover of the Ok Tedi mine.

Australia Network’s Sean Dorney went [...]

Article – Boom and rust in iron ore hub

by 1 November 2013

31 October 2013 Jonathan Barrett The Australian Financial Review

Port Hedland cafe owner Ray Sampson has been looking for a one-bedroom unit that his son, who is also the cafe’s chef, can rent in the post-mining boom property market.

“The agents said the old tenants paid $1600 a week,” Mr. Sampson said. “I got them down to $850. It’s a good thing prices are down, but I think it still needs to come down further.”