Growing a Stronger Region Across the Northern Territory

by 30 January 2015

27 January 2015 Warren Truss

THE Australian Government has today announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees in the Northern Territory.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.

“The RDA committees can play a key role in growing stronger [...]

Article – Queensland Election: SEQ mayors ‘polarising people’

by 30 January 2015

23 January 2015 Kristian Silva Brisbane Times

A group of South East Queensland councils has been accused of trying polarise the state, after asking governments to allocate funding for their area instead of regional Queensland.

While declaring regional Queensland “is not a competitor”, the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland says investment in the South East “ensures a quality of life for all”.

“We are Queensland’s Core Growth Region,” chairman Graham Quirk said in [...]

Article – Chevron strikes deal to sell Gorgon LNG to South Korean conglomerate

by 30 January 2015

21 January 2015 Lucie Bell ABC Rural

Chevron has announced it has signed a gas supply deal with a South Korean industrial conglomerate.

The five-year agreement, which commences in 2017, will see the US oil and gas giant supply 4.15 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Gorgon project, on Barrow Island off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.

AUDIO: Hear Peter discuss Chevron’s gas deal with SK LNG(ABC Rural)

In a statement, a spokesperson [...]

Article – Zhuhai: An Emerging Force in South China

by 30 January 2015

20 January 2015 Rainy Yao China Briefing

Located in the center of the Pearl River Delta (PRD), Zhuhai is one of China’s four original Special Economic Zones (SEZs) established in 1980. The city borders Macau to the south and is about one hour away from Guangzhou and Shenzhen by car. In the past three decades, Zhuhai has experienced strong economic growth due to its geographical proximity to Hong Kong and Macau, and is the only [...]

Article – Kyaukphyu SEZ Winners to be Announced in February

by 30 January 2015

19 January 2015 Kyaw Hsu Mon The Irrawaddy

RANGOON — Announcement of winning tenders for the development of a special economic zone in western Burma will be delayed until late February, the project’s oversight committee has announced, claiming that they need to retrieve additional information about the bidders amid accusations of an opaque and unfair selection process.

“We’ve seen that we need to ask for more detail while we interview bidders, that’s why we need [...]

Happy Australia Day from ANDEV

by 26 January 2015

Article – Indigenous land owners granted ‘significant’ water licences for farming in Northern Territory

by 22 January 2015

16 January 2015 Matt Brann ABC Rural

A company established on behalf of Indigenous land owner groups has been granted four water licences for agricultural use near Mataranka in the Northern Territory.

Known as Top End Farm, the company has secured up to 6,600 megalitres of water each year from the Tindal limestone aquifer.

Top End Farm’s Vin Lange said it is the start of what should be a ‘significant economic opportunity for the region’.

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Article – WA to Upgrade Pilbara’s Piecemeal Power System

by 22 January 2015

22 January 2015 Marc Howe Sourceable

The Pilbara’s fragmented power infrastructure is set to undergo a major overhaul in order to foster the future development of Australia’s biggest mining hub.

The Western Australian state government plans to dramatically increase the quality of the Pilbara’s electricity infrastructure following decades of ad-hoc development of the existing system.

Western Australia is situated beyond the purview of Australia’s National Electricity Market, and its mineral rich Pilbara region is powered [...]

Article – Australia, Japan free trade deal begins

by 22 January 2015

15 January 2015 Sky News

Some Australian products imported to Japan will receive preferential or duty free access from Thursday when a free trade agreement between the two countries begins.

High beef tariffs will drop by about a fifth and other goods including prawns, lobsters, asparagus, cherries, grapes, macadamia nuts and almonds will no longer be subject to duty, trade minister Andrew Robb said.

Japanese cars, electronics and white goods will be cheaper in Australia [...]

Article – Aus and India at the FTA table

by 22 January 2015

15 January 2015 Colin Bettles North Queensland Register

STRIKING a free trade agreement (FTA) with India is the next big target looming in the Abbott government’s sights, having already signed historic deals with China, Korea and Japan containing strong agricultural gains.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture Richard Colbeck spearheaded a large trade delegation at the Australian Business Week in India (ABWI) this week, to bolster the FTA’s potential [...]