Article – Asian diners get taste for northern beef

by 31 July 2014

25 July 2014 Jacinta Bolsenbroek Farm Weekly

THE WA agriculture industry is on the cusp of a boom as demand grows in neighbouring countries such as Asia.

Touting the phrase “dining boom” to describe the flourishing industry into new markets, industry representatives point to a new potential for Australian exporters.

Consolidated Pastoral Company chief executive officer Troy Setter says a dining boom had the potential to grow the Kimberly region’s beef industry.

“There is an [...]

Australia’s resource export volumes surge in 2013

by 30 July 2014

25 July 2014 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The volume of Australia’s resources (mineral and fuels) exports grew over 10 per cent in 2013 – almost double the annual rate of the last decade – according to statistics released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The increase in volumes shows the resources boom transitioning from the investment phase to the production phase as projects developed over recent years begin operation. In [...]

Audio – Hear Rob Delane explain his vision for the Pilbara

by 30 July 2014

28 July 2014 ABC Rural

Hear the Rob Delane, the director-general of Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Food, explain his vision for the Pilbara here.

Courtesy of ABC Rural

Have Your Say

by 30 July 2014

28 July 2014

Public submissions on the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia can be lodged online until 8 August 2014.

Courtesy of the Australian Government

Article – Push Pilbara mining to tourists, Anderson says

by 30 July 2014

28 July 2014 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

The founder of Contiki, John Anderson, has urged the Pilbara to promote its mining industry as a tourist attraction.

Addressing the Pilbara Pulse Economic Summit, Anderson pointed to mining as a way for the region to differentiate itself, the ABC reported.

“I would love to go and see a working mine,” he told the conference.

“I mean these are huge, and the size of the machines – the wheels were [...]

Article – High costs hurting mine investment, says Gina Rinehart

by 29 July 2014

29 July 2014 Clive Mathieson The Australian

MINING magnate Gina Rinehart says the high cost of doing business in Australia is driving some multinational companies to pursue overseas projects that have the potential to further damage the country’s export revenue.

Mrs Rinehart, the chairwoman of ­the privately owned Hancock Prospecting and the nation’s richest person, lamented the decision by some companies to invest in lower-cost offshore projects that could drive down commodity ­prices and undercut [...]

Article – Truss touts potential in recycling excess mine water

by 29 July 2014

24 July 2014 ABC News

The Deputy Prime Minister believes there are great development opportunities in the recycling of excess mine water in northern Australia.

Yesterday, Warren Truss addressed delegates at an economic summit in Karratha, which discusses business and investment ideas in the region.

Mr Truss has used his visit to reinforce the importance of developing northern Australia’s assets.

Trials are currently underway in the Pilbara using excess mine water for horticulture developments.

Mr [...]

Article – Carnarvon fishermen up production, as prawns packed for Japan

by 29 July 2014

22 July 2014 Lucie Bell ABC Rural

Fishermen in the Western Australian coastal town of Carnarvon are busy packing their first prawn shipment of the year for the Japanese market.

Western Australian producers export a range of seafood to Asia including prawns, lobsters, scallops, abalone and crabs.

AUDIO: Hear Brett discuss exporting prawns to Japan(ABC Rural)

Brett Hogan is the marketing manager for local business Nor-West Seafoods, which has a 40-year relationship with Japanese customers.


Article – Rio wants biggest mine in Pilbara

by 29 July 2014

23 July 2014 Nick Evans The West Australian

Rio Tinto is working on plans to build the biggest single pit iron ore mine in the Pilbara, filing environmental applications for a 70 million tonne-a-year monster at its Yandicoogina operation.

In environmental approval documents released for comment this week, Rio says it is conducting pre-feasibility studies on a new pit at Yandicoogina to replace tonnes from other mining areas at the project as they are depleted.


Article – Rio Tinto boss wants action from Senate

by 29 July 2014

23 July 2014 Kim Christian The West Australian

More business leaders have called on new senators to put aside party differences and carefully consider major economic reforms.

Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh is confident the new Senate will scrap the mining tax, despite opposition from minor parties and a drawn out process to repeal the carbon tax.

“Remember, we the Australian people elected the government and elected the minority parties as well,” Mr Walsh told [...]