Article – Untapped potential in the North

by 17 February 2014

14 February 2014 Matthew Cawood Farmonline

AUSTRALIA could add up to 30 per cent to its northern irrigation zones by opening up the Flinders and Gilbert basins in north Queensland, a CSIRO study has found.

A two-year assessment of the basins identified about 10 million hectares of soils suitable for arable agriculture across the two basins.

With the potential to irrigate up to 50,000ha of that 10 million ha, and to dryland farm other areas, [...]

Article – Business chamber to make submission to northern Australia committee

by 17 February 2014

12 February 2014 ABC News

Karratha’s business lobby is hoping its recent talks with Federal Government representatives will help shape the proposed northern Australia white paper.

The town’s chamber of commerce and industry is preparing to make a submission to the Committee on Northern Australia after a federal delegation visited the Pilbara last week.

Chamber president John Lally says topics discussed included the large fly-in, fly-out population, developing infrastructure to boost tourism and cutting red [...]

Article – Have your say on the future of Australian agriculture

by 17 February 2014

10 February 2014 My Sunshine Coast

“The issues paper is an important opportunity for rural and regional communities in Wide Bay to have their say on the issues currently facing agriculture.

“This is a time of change and difficulty for farmers and graziers in the Wide Bay region and indeed, across Australia. There is no better time for people to have their say on how we can build a stronger agriculture sector in this region [...]

Article – Rinehart tying up finance as Roy Hill gets head of steam

by 17 February 2014

15 February 2014 Sarah-Jane Tasker The Australian

GINA Rinehart reaches the final stages of securing a debt package for her $10 billion Roy Hill project.

Market jitters, a gloomy outlook for mining contractors and falls in the iron ore price are causing pain for some, but the new iron ore mine, which will be the biggest single-pit mining operation in Australia, is full steam ahead.

There are 1700 workers on site in Western Australia’s Pilbara [...]

Article – New model for Australian agriculture

by 14 February 2014

13 February 2013 Jim Turnour Queensland Country Life

WHEN most Australians think about farmers, one image still springs to mind: a family in Akubras and Blundstones, battling the elements with a Blue Heeler by their side. That’s still the image invoked by politicians when calling for more financial support for farmers, including for a new drought package discussed inside the Coalition party room this week.

Yet that traditional farmer family is fast being [...]

Media release – New History Series Reveals Government Policy on Northern Australia

by 14 February 2014

New History Series Reveals Government Policy on Northern Australia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Australians for Northern Development & Economic Vision (ANDEV) is pleased to announce the beginning of the publication of a series of articles on  the history of government policy in the development of northern Australia. This compliments the series it is already publishing on the role of Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) as catalysts for improving living standards. The first of these articles can be viewed on [...]

Article – Hope for China deal to boost Pilbara foreign investment

by 14 February 2014

13 February 2014 ABC News

The Australia China Business Council, local shires and business lobbies in the Pilbara have joined forces in an effort to attract more foreign investment to the region.

The groups have signed a memorandum of understanding which is designed to build relationships between Australia and China, outside the mining sector.

The Pilbara Regional Council’s Tony Friday says the arrangement will benefit secondary industries such as hospitality, tourism, property development and community [...]

Article – Former Treasury secretary Ken Henry warns of infrastructure shortfall

by 13 February 2014

10 February 2014 Annabel Hepworth The Australian

In an interview with The Australian in his capacity at the University of Wollongong as chairman of the SMART infrastructure group, Dr Henry said that there were questions about whether Australia had sufficient port, road and rail links to export its materials. He also raised concerns about whether services and people could move freely between Australia and our northern neighbours.

This is a key issue this year as [...]

Article – Business chamber to make submission to northern Australia committee

by 13 February 2014

12 February 2014 ABC News

Karratha’s business lobby is hoping its recent talks with Federal Government representatives will help shape the proposed northern Australia white paper.

The town’s chamber of commerce and industry is preparing to make a submission to the Committee on Northern Australia after a federal delegation visited the Pilbara last week.

Chamber president John Lally says topics discussed included the large fly-in, fly-out population, developing infrastructure to boost tourism and cutting red [...]

Article – Call for economic and community development program

by 13 February 2014

12 February 2014 The Northern Star

A KEY small business group has called for a national program of “community and economic development” to power up ailing regional economies.

The call from the Council of Small Business of Australia follows a series of bad news for the manufacturing sector, a key industry driving regional towns.

COSBOA executive director Peter Strong said as small businesses employed about 49% of all Australians working in the private sector; it [...]