Article – A (re-)assessment of Northern Australia’s agricultural future

by 21 January 2014

Keith Noble Queensland Planner, (Summer 2013 Vol. 53 No. 4)


Agriculture is a risky business. The variables farmers evaluate and plan for include weather, markets, supply chain, finance, labour, changing policy and legislation, natural disasters, pests and disease. Forecasts of a world population approaching nine billion with more than half the middle class living in Asia by 2020 are anticipated to drive major changes in global food demand and investment in agriculture, already a [...]

Article – Mining states continue to lead economy

by 20 January 2014

20 January 2014 Melanie Timbrell Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The resource rich states of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland continued as frontrunners in CommSec’s quarterly State of the States report.

WA once again came out in front, leading the other states in retail spending and ranking second for six other economic indicators including business investment, construction work and unemployment.

The only area where the western state lagged was new housing construction, in [...]

Article – Rinehart adds extra $265m

by 20 January 2014

20 January 2014 Nick Evans The West Australian

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has committed to an extra $265 million worth of shares in the giant Roy Hill iron ore dream as part of the project’s holding company issuing $378 million worth of new equity.

Hancock’s ramped-up equity exposure comes in the wake of a decision to press ahead with the main construction phase of the $10 billion development ahead of the close of [...]

Media Release – Funding flows to Cape York

by 16 January 2014

16 January 2014 Office of Warren Entsch MP

COMMUNITIES in Cape York will benefit from new improved infrastructure, with a $210 million Commonwealth package set to enhance the region’s economy.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch on the Cairns Esplanade today to present the Cape York Region Package to the community.

“This funding commitment is great news because it will [...]

Media – The Month in Quotes

by 15 January 2014

15 January 2014 Australia’s Mining Monthly

“Her contribution to the mineral resources sector, public policy debate and the national economy will ensure she leaves a lasting legacy.”

–   Bond University vice-chancellor and president Professor Tim Brailsford on awarding Gina Rinehart an honorary doctorate.

Article – Workforce at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project doubles

by 15 January 2014

15 January 2014 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

It is estimated 1700 people are now working on Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project as the next phase of construction ramps up ahead of debt package deals.

The West Australian reports equity partners of the project have approved the go-ahead of the next stage of works which has seen an influx of construction workers descend on the site.

According to the paper, Samsung and major subcontractors [...]

Article – Cattleman Sid Parker honoured with state funeral

by 15 January 2014

15 January 2014 ABC Rural

Cattleman Sid Parker, a much loved and respected figure in the Northern Territory live export industry, has been honoured in Darwin today with a state funeral.

He died in early January, aged 88.

Mr Parker operated the cattle export business South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS), was a ringer, a cattle agent and exporter and a race horse trainer who worked throughout Australia.

He lived his later years in Darwin [...]

Article – Rinehart hits button on Roy Hill

by 15 January 2014

15 January 2014 Nick Evans The West Australian

Gina Rinehart has pulled the trigger on the major construction phase at her 55-million-tonne-a-year Roy Hill project, even though the project is yet to finalise deals over the debt package that will fund its construction.

It is understood Mrs Rinehart and her equity partners in Roy Hill – POSCO, Marubeni and China Steel Corporation – gave contractor Samsung C&T the go-ahead to push on with [...]

Article – Landry urges leaders to keep pushing for Fitzroy food bowl

by 15 January 2014

15 January 2014 The Morning Bulletin

MICHELLE Landry has urged civic leaders pushing the development of a food bowl in the Fitzroy to make a submission to a federal inquiry into the development of Northern Australia.

The Member for Capricornia (pictured) said she welcomed any project that would advance agricultural business in the region and create domestic growth, export opportunities and local jobs.

Ms Landry recently advocated bold vision to be restored to Capricornia communities. [...]