Article – Enterprise zone push

by 31 March 2015

25 March 2015 The West Australian

The Pilbara Regional Council believes Australia’s first special enterprise zone should be created in Hedland around the proposed Lumsden Point port development.

Under plans before the State Government, the PRC hoped to attract large logistics and marine services companies to set up in Hedland by creating the Pilbara Enterprise Zone in a business park surrounding the multi-user cargo berth at Lumsden Point.

The zone could provide incentives, ranging from [...]

Article – Singapore, the country run like a corporation (1974)

by 31 March 2015

23 March 2015 Fortune

Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has made his prosperous little realm a nice place to do business. But it’s not much fun to live there.

This Fortune article first ran in the magazine in July 1974. We are running it again to mark the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first and longest-serving prime minister, and the architect of the nation’s remarkable transformation.

Singapore, the smallest nation in Asia, occupies a 225-square-mile [...]

Annual Developing Northern Australia Conference

by 31 March 2015

The program will cover the critical issues facing the area from north of the Tropic of Capricorn, spanning Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland; an area of approximately three million square kilometres with a population of around one million people.

It will engage with the drivers of growth including agriculture, mining, energy, tourism and other emerging sectors. The strategic importance of the North with its geographic proximity to Asian markets presents both challenges and opportunities [...]

Article – ‘Dragon’ market firing up our farms

by 31 March 2015

24 March 2015 Andrew Marshall Queensland Country Life

AGRICULTURAL exports to China now directly sustain about 18,000 agribusiness jobs in Australia as the Asian dragon economy grows even more integral to our farm and food sector’s success.

China is Australia’s biggest farm export market, although our agribusiness traders appear to be lagging in their ability to supply products direct to Chinese shoppers, according to a trade report released this week.

Australia’s overall two-way trade relationship [...]

Article – Investor confidence shaken after QLD uranium mining ban

by 31 March 2015

18 March 2015 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

The Palaszczuk’s government plan to ban uranium mining in Queensland has sent shockwaves through the industry.

The recently instated minster for natural resources and mines, Anthony Lynham, announced the prohibition, which had stood in place from 1982 until 2012, would be brought in again.

Lynham said mining will not take place, but added that exploration is allowed to continue.

“Resource companies can continue to apply for a generic [...]

Article – Kimberley gas plant protesters ‘left nothing’ for people

by 31 March 2015

13 March 2015 Andrew Burrell The Australian

THE Aboriginal leader who backed a $40 billion gas plant in the Kimberley as a way of creating indigenous jobs has attacked “extreme nutter” environmentalists who he says derailed the plan but have since done nothing to help the region’s impoverished people.

Wayne Bergmann, a businessman and former head of the Kimberley Land Council, told an oil and gas conference in Perth yesterday that suicide rates and unemployment [...]

Article – Rio Tinto trials automated trains in Pilbara

by 31 March 2015

11 March 2015 Mining Technology

Rio Tinto’s fully autonomous AutoHaul automated railway system has completed the initial journey in the Pilbara hauling its iron ore to port.

The $518m train plan has been under development in the Pilbara for the past three years, and follows the introduction of 57 autonomous trucks at the company’s iron ore mines in Australia.

According to the company, successful implementation of the system will result in the loss of jobs [...]

Speech by Mrs Rinehart at Christening Ceremony for Roy Hill Locomotives

by 26 March 2015

23 March 2015 Gina Rinehart

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to what is truly a special day for Roy Hill. Hope you’ve enjoyed your project visit so far.

I would like to extend a special welcome to my friend, the Hon Robyn Mc Sweeney, representing the WA Government Treasurer, Ms Gina Soos from the US Consulate General’s office, Mr Dave Tucker and Mr Dwight Van Roy from GE, Mr Suk Lee from our [...]

Article – Roy Hill mine on track despite iron ore slump

by 26 March 2015

12 March 2015 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

The head of Gina Rinehart’s $10 billion Roy Hill mine said the project will ramp up to full production earlier than expected.

Speaking at the Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast conference, Roy Hill Holdings chief executive Barry Fitzgerald said while the project has 30 months to ramp up to 55 million tonnes per annum, it is expected to beat this schedule.

Now more than 76 per cent complete, [...]

Article – WA no longer world’s best place for miners, hammered by royalties and taxes

by 26 March 2015

4 March 2015 Tess Ingram Sydney Morning Herald

Western Australia has lost its world No.1 ranking for mining investment, with lobby groups pointing the finger at hefty royalty payments and taxes that can gobble as much as 47 per cent of mining companies’ profits.

The Fraser Institute’s recent survey of mining companies showed Western Australia slipped to No. 5 last year from being the world’s most desirable mining jurisdiction based on investment attractiveness, factoring in perceptions of [...]