North Australia Office a game changer

by 30 June 2014

26 June 2014 NADOT

NT Farmers Association CEO Grant Fenton has described the establishment of the new Northern Australia Development Office on the Esplanade as a game changer for his organisation.

Mr Fenton, who was one of the first people to move in, said the office has placed his organisation at the forefront of discussions around northern development.

‘Our focus is how we are going to influence the shift in thinking about agricultural development in [...]

Article – Australia’s Latest and Last Pilbara Port

by 30 June 2014

21 June 2014 The Maritime Executive

Premier and state development minister Colin Barnett said access to port space was an increasingly rare and valuable commodity in the Pilbara. “Development of Anketell Port will help to unlock the potential of the West Pilbara by aiding further development of the State’s natural resources,” Barnett said.

“This Master Plan is a clear guide for proponents who are seeking additional routes to bring ore to market. This may well [...]

Article – LNG expansion on Abbott agenda

by 30 June 2014

13 June 2014 Sky News

When Tony Abbott works the boardrooms of Houston this week there will be three letters on everyone’s lips – LNG.

And the biggest project occupying the minds of liquefied natural gas industry figures is the Panama Canal expansion.

Costing $A5.6 billion, the wider and deeper channels and locks of one of the world’s most famous waterways will for the first time allow massive Post-Panamax ships to make their way from [...]

Article – Looking for more Top End gold to boost chances of mine restart

by 30 June 2014

26 June 2014 Matt Brann ABC Rural

The company planning to restart gold mining at Toms Gully in the Northern Territory, hopes a new drilling program will uncover more riches to increase the mine life and attract investment.

The mining downturn in Australia has made life difficult for Primary Gold Limited, which wants to restart mining and processing at the Toms Gully project, 90 kilometres southeast of Darwin.

“The financial markets have been very poor, [...]

Article – Browse Basin Inpex LNG Project construction celebrates halfway milestone

by 30 June 2014

26 June 2014 ABC News

The Inpex Browse Basin liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, one of the largest in Australia, has reached 50 per cent completion.

A specialised barge has arrived in Darwin to start laying the 889-kilometre gas export pipeline connecting processing facilities at Blaydin Point near Darwin to the Browse Basin off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast.

The $33 billion project is expected to reach its peak construction phase next year, employing thousands of [...]

Article – New Aust-China investment deal on the cards

by 30 June 2014

24 June 2014 Fergus Ryan Business Spectator

BEIJING — Australia and China will create an investment cooperation framework to identify key areas and projects to improve the countries’ investment relationship, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Trade Minister Andrew Robb announced in Beijing on Tuesday.

The framework will identify individual projects and areas where the two countries will give each other particular consideration, Mr Robb said.

The investment cooperation framework is separate to the discussions about a [...]

Northern Development Summit:Creating the Future of Australia

by 27 June 2014

27 June 2014

The Northern Development Summit begins today in Townsville.

To read the background reports and information, click NDS14DelegateMaterial.

Courtesy of ADC Forum

Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia – Far North Queensland public hearings

by 27 June 2014

26 June 2014

The Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia will hold public hearings in Georgetown, Normanton and Weipa from Wednesday 2 July. Find out more out more about upcoming public hearings.

Article – Foreign investment needed, not outright ownership

by 26 June 2014

24 June 2014 Virginia Tapp ABC Rural

The Chief Executive Officer of an independent research institute says foreign investment is essential for developing northern Australia, but that Australian entities need to get smarter about the process.

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the amount of foreign owned farm land is increasing, from approximately 45 to 50 million hectares over the last 4 years.

Major General John Hartley from Future Directions Ltd. [...]

Article – Development ‘bible’ to ‘lay foundations for future growth’

by 26 June 2014

17 June 2014 Chrissy Arthur and Kate Stephens ABC News

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady says a “bible” for the development of north-west Queensland will highlight opportunities in the region.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is launching a strategic study in the city this morning.

Councillor McGrady says it is a comprehensive study looking into the region’s rich resources, agricultural and tourism sectors.

“This report which the Premier is going to launch – future generations could [...]