North Australia R&D Dialogue Submission to JSCNA

by 30 April 2014

Securing the Future of Australia through Research & Development and Education

The North Australia R&D Dialogue examines the northern development context, evaluates opportunities and makes recommendations in its submission to the Joint Select Committe on Northern Australia.

Click here for the full document: North_Australia_R&D_submission

Courtesy of the North Australia R&D Dialogue

Article – Mackay Airport to undergo $900m expansion as key freight hub

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28 April 2014 Whitsunday Times

THE Mackay regional economy is set to soar under a $900 million expansion plan to develop Mackay Airport as a key transport and freight hub.

A submission by owner North Queensland Airports Group (NQA) to the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia – as part of an inquiry into the development of the north – revealed its major plans.

NQA has great ambitions as a major player in the region’s continued [...]

Article – Are Visa Restrictions Imperilling Infrastructure Growth?

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29 April 2014 Marc Howe Sourceable

Consult Australia warns that the country’s current visa regime is starving the design and construction industries of engineering talent, and severely impeding future infrastructure development as a consequence.

Megan-Motto Megan Motto, CEO Consult Australia Megan Motto, CEO of Consult Australia, said that changes to outdated visa regulations are urgently needed given the critical role that skilled migration plays in supplying the country with qualified engineers.

“Robust skilled [...]

Article – Stakeholders put forward their ideas to open opportunities in Far North Queensland

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28 April 2014 Liam Parsons Cairns Post

STAKEHOLDERS across the Far North have outlined how they want the government to unlock the potential of northern Australia.

The Federal Government’s northern Australia committee will spend its second day in Cairns today meeting with indigenous groups in its latest stop on a tour which will inform a white paper examining ways to boost agricultural production and tourism, as well as growing urban centres.

During yesterday’s public hearing [...]

Shire of Broome’s Submission to the JSCNA

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13 March 2014 Shire of Broome

The Shire of Broome’s submission to the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia looks at the potential for development in the region, and offers recommendations in regards to mining, agriculture, tourism and defence.

Click here to read the complete submission: Sub0240-Shire of Broome.

Courtesy of the Shire of Broome


Article – Farmers look to the future

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28 April 2014 Luke Mortimer The Northern Star

REGIONAL Development Australia Northern Rivers has told the Federal Government the “high Australian dollar, a propensity for small land holdings, an ageing workforce and lack of high speed internet” are preventing farmers from increasing profit and productivity.

It also said improving infrastructure and maintaining the region’s “clean and green” image is crucial to the success of local agricultural industries.

RDA raised the points in a submission to [...]

Article – Western Australia Revitalized?

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28 April 2014 Ron Manners Mannkal

The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has opened up the windows and let some fresh air in.

Congratulations to Lyndon Rowe, the Chairman of the ERA, in releasing this draft report on “Microeconomic Reform in W.A.” on April 11th, 2014.

You will find the draft report, the separate overview and also a six minute video - here

Our State politicians are in a fortunate position, having a document such as this, [...]

Article – Urannah Dam project gathering some momentum

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28 April 2014 Jon Ortlieb Daily Mercury

THE long-anticipated Urannah Dam project may be gathering some momentum after a series of Northern Australian Development Committee sittings.

The proposed dam, about 60 kilometres south-west of Proserpine, was first mooted more than 40 years ago and has been raised at various community and government levels many times since.

The dam proposal was presented to the NADC last month in Mackay by Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan.

Other [...]

Article – WA remains Australia’s strongest economy

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28 April 2014 AAP

The Top End is leading the way when it comes to economic activity, due to strong growth in construction, according to CommSec’s quarterly State of the States report.

South Australia and Tasmania were the weakest performing states, while NSW came in third, followed by Queensland in fourth place and Victoria in fifth.

Every three months, CommSec uses eight key indicators to rank the states and territories – economic growth, retail spending, [...]

Article – Top End is the way of future

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29 April 2014 NT News

NORTHERN Australia is a major focus not only for the Territory Government but also the Australian and United States governments.

Our strategic positioning in a military sense, as well as from a gateway to Asia perspective, has the Territory set up for some big things to come.

For the past couple of years there’s been much hype about oil and gas investment and potential in the NT – none bigger [...]