Article – Governor General’s commitment to Northern Australia welcomed

by 5 December 2013

13 November 2013 Mary V.

The commitment  by the Governor General in her speech to the Opening of the 44th Parliament to the development of Northern Australia by the Coalition government was welcomed by North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Senator Macdonald said that he was determined to pursue the Northern Australia Development policy released by the Coalition before the election and vowed to ensure that the [...]

Article – Australia Food-Bowl Dream Risk as Foreigners Shunned

by 4 December 2013

3 December 2013 Jason Scott Jakarta Globe

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s election pledge to turn Australia’s remote north into a food bowl for Asia has set him on a collision course with his own government over foreign ownership of agricultural land.

Local farmers and officials have warned Abbott’s vision for the sparsely populated region will fail unless he allows greater investment from countries such as China and Indonesia. The government’s decision last week to block [...]

Article – WA’s Kimberley earmarked for new farm development

by 2 December 2013

29 November 2013 Tyne McConnon ABC Rural

An aerial photo of salt marsh towards town of Derby in Western Australia

The Kimberley in far northern Western Australia has been earmarked for another significant agricultural development.

Plans for a new project proposal for Derby have been released by the WA Government.

The Department of Water will visit the Knowsley Agricultural area, which sits on the Mowanjum pastoral lease, to scope out the suitability and [...]

Article – Truss Quizzed on Tax

by 2 December 2013

1 December 2013 Jasmine Barber The North West Star






REFORMING the tax zone allowance for residents of the North West was one of many burning topics discussed when Mount Isa mayor Tony McGrady met  Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss in Townsville on Friday.

Cr McGrady led a discussion on the issue, and said zone allowances should be high priority for the federal government’s forthcoming White Paper on Northern Development.