Video – Special economic zones in China: Do they work?

by 29 August 2014

29 August 2014 CNBC

Jim Coleman, head of economics at BuroHappold Engineering, and Stephen King, chief global economist at HSBC, discuss whether China’s special economic zones are a benefit to the economy.

Courtesy of CNBC

Article – New rare earth mine coming to Western Australia

by 27 August 2014

18 August 2014 Cecilia Jamasmie

Northern Minerals’ (ASX:NTU) flagship rare earth project Browns Range received a major push Monday after the company announced it has secured a $6 million funding rom Macquarie Bank Limited and the Environmental Protection Authority recommended it for conditional environmental approval.

The proposed mine straddles the West Australian and Northern Territory border on the Browns Range Dome and is expected to produce 279,000 kg of dysprosium a year over its 10-year mine life, [...]

Article – Prominent cattleman Sir Graham McCamley backs proposed dam on the Fitzroy as an ideal start to the development of Northern Australia

by 27 August 2014

21 August 2014 Kathleen Calderwood and Marlina Whop ABC Rural

Water security is a key issue for anyone in agriculture and one of the biggest hurdles to promoting development in northern Australia.

Now an idea first flagged by Sydney Harbour bridge engineer Dr John Bradfield in the 1930s, for a dam on the Fitzroy River, is getting a new push.

AUDIO: Central Queensland businessmen throw their support behind Fitzroy River dam (ABC Rural)

The proposed dam [...]

Article – Capricorn Coast chases $80m for northern tourist link

by 27 August 2014

20 August 2014 Pam McKay The Morning Bulletin

MAYOR Bill Ludwig says it is the “ideal time” for the Livingstone Shire Council to push its plans for a northern tourist link.

The proposed Capricorn Coast-Bruce Hwy Link Rd will drive north-bound traffic into Yeppoon, while also providing an alternate route for primary production and access to the Shoalwater Bay military training area.

Livingstone council has identified the route as a priority transport link road project [...]

Article – WA faces shift in job skills demand

by 27 August 2014

21 August 2014 Shane Wright and Gareth Parker The West Australian

WA will have to find another 300,000 workers over the next decade and they will need to have farming, teaching or nursing skills, a report suggests.

Compiled by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and to be released today, the report into the State’s changing workforce also argued more resources had to go into the childcare sector so parents could claim a job.

Almost 1.4 million [...]

Article – What is the NABRC?

by 26 August 2014

22 August 2014 Matthew Cawood The Land

REINVENTING the research, development and extension (RD&E) investment consultation model is the first priority for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) in a restructure announced this week.

The restructure included a new model, in which producers nationwide will be invited to provide input at a local level on RD&E priorities that feed into the regional RD&E investment plans. These plans will sit with the Northern Australian Beef Research Council [...]

Article – Summit told Katherine may rival Alice Springs

by 21 August 2014

14 August 2014 NT News

KATHERINE could eventually grow to the size of Alice Springs on the back of mining, agriculture and transport, a summit on the development of northern Australia was told last night.

Issues raised from the floor and pre-submitted via the internet put to the summit panel included the need to improve roads, the potential environmental impact of fracking for gas, growing food in the Territory for Asia, the future increase of [...]

Article – Push to Develop Top End

by 21 August 2014

13 August 2014 Get Broadacre

The Federal Government recently called for responses to the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia to develop a clear, well-defined policy platform for promoting economic growth.

The objective is to develop a food bowl, including premium produce, to double Australia’s agricultural output; build a $150 billion energy export industry with a major focus on clean and efficient energy; and grow the tourist economy in northern Australia to two million international [...]

Article – NT residents have their say on development

by 21 August 2014

13 August 2014 Amy Whittaker NRN

The Office of Northern Australia is holding regional summits in the Northern Territory over the next few weeks to urge Territorians to have their say on the development agenda.

The summits provide an opportunity for the public to question and raise ideas with ministers and private sector representatives, the first of it’s kind being held in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs today.

General manager Luke Bowen says the [...]

Article – Darwin and Adelaide likely export hubs for Queensland uranium

by 21 August 2014

14 August 2014 Marty McCarthy ABC Rural

The resurgence of uranium mining in Queensland is gaining momentum, and talk is growing about the economic opportunity that could provide for ports in neighbouring states and territories.

AUDIO: Marty McCarthy looks into Queensland’s decision to export its uranium through Adelaide or Darwin (ABC Rural)

Queensland announced this month it is now accepting applications from uranium miners wanting to operate in the state after a 32 year ban, raising questions [...]