Audio – Hopes Northern abattoir can boost food exports from the Top End

by 12 November 2014

7 November 2014 Sara Everingham ABC News

It’s four years since Australia’s largest agricultural company began chewing on the idea of setting up an abattoir in the Top End and now the project is up and running in what’s being hailed as a step forward for food production in the north. It’s good news for northern beef producers who up until now have had to send cattle thousands of kilometres to southern abattoirs only for [...]

Article – China deal on cattle exports

by 12 November 2014

7 November 2014 The Australian

ONE million beef cattle valued at more than $1 billion are set to be shipped to China each year under a ground-breaking deal between the Australian and Chinese governments that will double Australia’s live-export cattle trade.

The finalised live-cattle deal, to be formally announced after this weekend’s sensitive talks in Beijing on the long-awaited bilateral free-trade agreement, comes after 10 years of negotiations.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said last night [...]

Article – Truss issues infrastructure orders

by 11 November 2014

6 November 2014 SBS News

Transport Minister Warren Truss has asked Infrastructure Australia to review major projects and list what should be given priority.

The independent agency will provide two infrastructure audits, including one specially for northern Australia, by the end of the year and a 15-year plan by April 2015.

Mr Truss made the requests in the first “statement of expectations” issued to IA covering November 1 to October 31, 2015.

The inaugural statement [...]

Article – Study Identifies Major Opportunities for Irrigated Agriculture in North

by 11 November 2014

5 November 2014 Beef Central

Major opportunities for expanding northern Australia’s irrigated agricultural industries—across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland—have been identified in a new joint study by CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Courtesy of Beef Central

Article – Step up northern expansion

by 11 November 2014

6 November 2014 Brad Thompson The West Australian

The State Government is challenging Canberra to stop talking about developing northern Australia and start acting by releasing 10,000ha of land near Derby for irrigated agriculture.

It is part of a buffer zone around the Curtin air base, which covers 26,000ha with 1900ha fenced off for the RAAF airfield and other facilities.

Unlike other big parcels of land earmarked for irrigation in the Kimberley, the site is [...]

Article – Landmark agricultural conference on developing northern Australia underway in Darwin

by 11 November 2014

4 November 2014 ABC Rural

The inaugural Northern Australia Food Futures conference is underway in Darwin.

Hundreds of farmers, land developers, scientists, researchers, public servants and business heads have converged on the convention centre for the two-day forum.

The conference was kicked off this morning by the Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles and he was later joined on stage by NT Minister for Primary Industry Willem Westra van Holthe, Queensland Minister for Primary Industry [...]

Article – LNG competition rising as Canada offers tax incentives

by 5 November 2014

23 October 2014 Paul Garvey The Australian

THE challenges facing the next wave of Australian liquefied natural gas projects may have become even steeper after rival developments in Canada won a significant watering down of tax rates.

LNG projects in the western Canadian province of British Columbia will now start at a tax rate of 1.5 per cent while they recoup their capital investment, with the rate to rise to 3.5 per cent after four [...]

Article – Northern Minerals Receives Environmental Approval for Browns Range

by 5 November 2014

21 October 2014 Rare Earth

Northern Minerals Ltd. (ASX:NTU) announced that the government of Western Australia has given environmental approval for the proposed mine and ore processing facility at Browns Range, the company’s heavy rare earths project.

The way is now paved for development.

As quoted in the press release:

The Project was referred to the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in May 2013. In August 2014, the EPA recommended approval of the Project to the [...]