24 April 2015
13 May 2015 Colin Bettles The Land
AGRICULTURAL stakeholders remain in limbo as the federal government pledges to continue its refinement of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, post-budget.
The White Paper was an election pledge made by the Coalition from opposition to provide a detailed policy road map for the agricultural sector’s future in making it one the nation’s five economic pillars.
A green paper was released last October, after taking over 700 stakeholder submissions in a process [...]
13 May 2015 The Sydney Morning Herald
The federal government’s new loan facility for developing northern Australia isn’t good enough, Queensland’s treasurer says.
The Abbott government’s second budget provides $5 billion to fund loans to northern states and business for development infrastructure in the region.
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt says there’s little appetite for loans that have to be paid back and the federal government should instead jointly fund projects with the state government.
11 May 2015 Anika Hume The Cairns Post
CAIRNS transport operators are rejoicing at news the Hann Highway will be upgraded, shaving up to 10 hours off some freight routes.
The announcement came from Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Cairns last Friday, when he said the Northern Australia White Paper would be released next month.
The news ticked off one of the eight key priorities released last August by Advance Cairns, Cairns Chamber of Commerce [...]
10 May 2015 Peter Martin and Richard Willingham The Age
Tuesday’s budget will include an offer to end the impasse over the East West Link that has seen $1.5 billion left in limbo.
The Age has learned that the offer is one of the few big infrastructure commitments in a budget whose three big themes will be families, taxation and jobs.
Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott signalled that he may consider re-directing $1.5 billion slated [...]
11 May 2015 Isobel Roe ABC News
Townsville’s economic lobby group says it will apply to be part of a new Federal Government Northern Australia Alliance, after being left out of the group.
On Friday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced lobby groups from Cairns, Broome and Darwin would form an alliance to help the Federal Government further develop northern Australia.
Townsville Enterprise chief executive Patricia O’Callagan said she was in talks with Advance Cairns about [...]
10 May 2015 The Morning Bulletin
THE Abbott Government has pledged $100million to beef up north Queensland cattle routes.
It was the first “down payment” on a measure from the Northern Australia White Paper, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott said would be released “soon”.
Speaking in Rockhampton yesterday, Mr Abbott said the areas targeted in the $100million spend would partly be identified using CSIRO modelling.
He said the funds would be spent in conjunction with [...]
9 May 2015 Cairns Post
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has pledged his government’s attention to the Nullinga Dam project, hinting at impending announcements on its progression.
Mr Abbott yesterday told The Cairns Post Nullinga Dam was a priority project, given Cairns was already approaching its water supply limits and was expecting its population to outstrip Townsville’s and Darwin’s by 2050.
“It offers not just the assurance Cairns can continue to expand, but also a lot [...]
9 May 2015 Courier Mail
TROPICAL medical research, water projects and upgrades to airports are all set to be funded as part of the Abbott Government’s push to develop northern Australia.
The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed the Government had set aside $1.7 billion to fund its long-awaited White Papers on Northern Australia and Agriculture, with a $100 million roads package the first of the measures to be funded in next week’s Budget.
Further water and road [...]
9 May 2015 Xavier La Canna ABC News
An $85 million expansion of the Darwin International Airport that saw the site almost double in size, has been officially opened by Prime Minister Tony Abbott today.
Mr Abbott said the increasing importance of Northern Australia, including the contributing of 50 per cent of the nation’s exports, meant the airport upgrade was a much-needed development for the region.
“The whole of the Territory is excited and exhilarated [...]