Article – Philippines urged to take advantage of growing Australia-BIMP Eaga trade

by 26 March 2015

8 March 2015 Sun Star

THE Philippines can boost exports to Australia by tapping deeper into the country’s growing trade with the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP Eaga), according to an Australian port official.

Opportunities for greater economic relations with Australia are opening up for BIMP Eaga, particularly with Northern Australia which the government has plans to further develop, said Terry O’Connor, chief executive officer of the Darwin Port Corporation in Australia.

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Leaders in New England Electorate invited to join Regional Development Australia

by 25 March 2015

23 March 2015 Barnaby Joyce

FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said Expressions of Interest are being sought from business and community leaders to join the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Northern Inland committee.

Mr Joyce said RDA committees are part of a national network, made up of local leaders who assist in the economic development of their region, volunteering their time and energy to develop solutions to local issues.

“Expressions of Interest are being [...]

Response to Green Paper on Northern Australia

by 25 March 2015

August 2014 Town of Port Hedland

This paper highlights policy directions, projects and funding that are critical to the future growth of Port Hedland. Invariably, the majority of these projects, funding, policy and actions, are urgently needed and require actioning in the short to medium term (being 1-5 years).

To read the complete paper, click: Response_to_Green_Paper_on_Northern_Australia

Courtesy of the Town of Port Hedland

Article – Prawn farmers hopeful northern aquaculture inquiry will drive industry expansion

by 25 March 2015

20 March 2015 Carmen Brown ABC Rural

Commercial prawn farmers are hopeful a parliamentary inquiry into northern aquaculture will help drive investment and expansion across the industry.

The inquiry was announced by the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia yesterday, and will focus on new projects, products, markets and innovation.

President of the Australian Prawn Farmers Association, Matt West, welcomed the move, but said the focus should be on expanding existing businesses, rather than commercialising [...]

Fishing for Answers: Opportunities for Expanding the Aquaculture Industry in Northern Australia

by 25 March 2015

19 March 2015 Warren Entsch

The Australian Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee has commenced an inquiry into opportunities for expanding the aquaculture industry in Northern Australia—parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland which lie above the Tropic of Capricorn.

The potential for aquaculture was raised in the Government’s pre-policy planning document, the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which noted that there was ‘considerable interest from investors in developing more land for agriculture, establishing [...]

Article – Second Annual Northern Australia Defence Summit

by 19 March 2015

17 March 2015 Nigel Pittaway Australian Defence Magazine

Supporters included Platinum Sponsors Sitzler, Gold Sponsor Aspen Medical, Lanyard Sponsor Transfield Services, Lunch Sponsor Land Development Corporation, Legal Sponsor Clayton Utz and Supporting Sponsor Aecom. Indoor displays from Defence Health, NT Land Development Corporation and Point Trading Group were available for inspection during breaks.

The major themes of the day and a half-long event included the NT’s vision for infrastructure, the footprint of Defence in Northern [...]

Video – Wake Up Australia

by 17 March 2015

16 March 2015 Network 10

Footage of the 1979 “Wake Up Australia” flight.

Courtesy of Network 10 and Hancock Prospecting

Article – Unlocking the North

by 17 March 2015

14 March 2015 Matt Sherrington North Queensland Register

UNLOCKING the potential of the North is the key idea for the highly anticipated Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) 31st Annual General Meeting, Conference and Gala Dinner, being held at the Darwin Convention Centre on March 26-27.

NTCA CEO Tracey Hayes said the event will include an intensive program aimed at challenging industry to look at the emerging issues facing current and future generations of producers.

“Across [...]

Article – Does Australia’s farm sector need foreign investment?

by 17 March 2015

1 March 2015 Liz Wells BBC News

Foreign investment in Australia is rarely far from the headlines with claims offshore buyers are inflating house prices and controlling too much of the country’s food production. But when it comes to the farm sector, there is another side to the story.

Australians are adept at tut-tutting about how much of the country’s agricultural land has been sold to foreigners.

Fuelled by regular reports about China’s growth, [...]

Roy Hill Project Approval Register

by 17 March 2015

17 March 2015

“I asked various political people present tonight how many government approvals, permits, licences they believed  were required for Roy Hill, and received the usual responses, ‘several hundred.’ And the usual responses when I tell them no, it is more than 4000 and that doesn’t include the many hundreds or thousands more for actual construction. To a one, they were shocked.

In my view, the cost of government must be significantly and urgently [...]