Article – WA’s $1.7 billion question: can Pilbara Cities become reality?

by 19 March 2014

17 March 2014 Peter Law Perth Now

Announced four years ago, the plan was to make Karratha and Port Hedland not only economically successful, but livable cities of 50,000 people by 2035.

By the end of 2017-18, Royalties for Regions will have committed more than $1.7 billion directly to Pilbara Cities projects.

The latest State Government progress report details $650 million in commitments. It includes Karratha city centre infrastructure works ($65 million) and [...]

Article – Giant Vietnamese agriculture complex ready for Australian cattle

by 19 March 2014

18 March 2014 Matt Brann ABC Rural

The Red Star Company in Vietnam has spent the last two years, and around $US5 million, building an ‘agriculture complex’ to cater for Australian cattle.

At a meeting last week with delegates from the Northern Territory Government, Red Star’s director general, Mr Nhi, proudly announced his facility was ready to start importing Australian livestock.

The Red Star Agricultural Complex is nothing short of impressive.

In the [...]

Article – China, Taiwan stuck in the ‘friend zone’ on Pingtan

by 19 March 2014

12 March 2014 Sheryn Lee East Asia Forum

In January, China appointed a Taiwanese citizen, Liang Qianlong, as deputy chief of an experimental ‘common homeland’ for both nations on Pingtan Island.

Beijing aims to transform Pingtan into a special economic zone of industrial cooperation between China and Taiwan. It has allocated US$40 billion under its 12th Five Year Development Plan to attract Taiwanese talent and investment, and rolled out numerous policies to encourage Taiwanese to move [...]

Article – Hope for mining incentive plans to create opportunities and new jobs

by 19 March 2014

17 March 2014 ABC News

The federal Member for Durack says a planned incentive scheme for junior exploration companies is critical to Australia’s economy, as it will encourage new miners to make mineral discoveries in WA’s north.

From July, the Abbott Government will provide tax offsets on smaller miners’ exploration costs.

Durack MP Melissa Price says she understands junior miners’ concerns about exploring in the Pilbara, given the limited access to rail and port facilities.

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Article – Fraser Survey: Australian mining’s place in the world

by 18 March 2014

11 March 2014 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

On the back of this are the numerous, seemingly harmful, governmental regulations which many miners have said is harming our international standing – driving away investment and making Australia a less prospective place to mine.

But is this the case?

In the latest annual survey of mining companies by Canada’s Fraser Institute, Aus­tralia has scored better than it did during the peak of the boom, with [...]

Article – Gov. Perry welcomes Queensland, Australia, trade office to Texas

by 17 March 2014

15 March 2014 Cypress Creek Mirror

Gov. Rick Perry highlighted important trade opportunities between Texas and Australia at the grand opening of the Queensland Government North America Trade and Investment office in Houston this week, which will serve as the Australian state’s dedicated office for further developing international trade and investment with the U.S. and Texas.

Queensland’s trade office was previously located in Southern California. The governor was joined by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman [...]

Article – Vietnam investing millions to take Australian cattle

by 17 March 2014

14 March 2014 Matt Brann ABC Rural

The booming live cattle trade to Vietnam is driving huge investment in Vietnamese abattoirs and feedlots.

Companies are spending millions of dollars on infrastructure, so they can cater for the extra supply, and also meet the animal welfare standards enforced by Australia (ESCAS).

Importing company Ket Phat Thinh (KPT) owns five feedlots and two abattoirs and is in the middle of building another feedlot, capable of handing 10,000 [...]

Article – Northern Australia should be Asia hub: Rinehart group

by 17 March 2014

14 March 2014 Annabel Hepworth The Australian

A business group led by Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, says the nation must “get its head out of the sand” and think strategically about our role in the Asian region.

The think tank, founded by a small group led by the billionaire miner in 2010, has told a select parliamentary committee on northern Australia that the area should be a hub within Asia for not just resources [...]

Article – Roy Hill iron ore mine project in Pilbara hiring on a large scale

by 17 March 2014

14 March 2014 Sue Lannin ABC News

As the mining industry slows down, billionaire Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project is one of the few companies in Australia hiring on a large scale.

The iron ore mine in the Pilbara in Western Australia is under construction and production is planned to start late next year.

Roy Hill has been swamped with job applications as Western Australia’s jobless rate jumps to 5.9 per cent, the [...]

Article – Northern Australia development could create new booming region

by 17 March 2014

14 March 2014 Ray Clancy Australia Forum

The government’s vision for developing northern Australia is an exciting nation-building opportunity that, if managed well, can help provide the whole country with a more prosperous and secure future, it is claimed.

According to the Business Council of Australia, developing the region will create jobs and provide a high quality of living for people in a part of the country that is often overlooked, especially by ambitious job [...]