Article – From infrastructure to smelters, C. Sulawesi eyes Rp 20t projects

by 12 May 2015

31 March 2015 Linda Yulisman The Jakarta Post

The Central Sulawesi regional government aims to realize direct investments totaling Rp 20 trillion (US$1.53 billion) this year, driven by a number of projects ranging from infrastructure to smelters.

The anticipated value is twice the amount of Rp 10 trillion expected by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) for 2015.

A number of projects are expected to either break ground or advance to the next phase of development [...]

Article – Major insurance players welcome North Queensland taskforce

by 11 May 2015

31 March 2015 Insurance Business Online

Leading players in the Australian insurance industry have backed government plans for a $2 million taskforce to consider options to reduce premiums in Far North Queensland.

The taskforce, which was announced yesterday, comes as the ASIC-run comparison website is set to launch later this week.

Warren Entsch, the Member for Leichardt who proposed the taskforce, told The Cairns Post that the federal funded scheme would look at a government-run reinsurance pool or [...]

Article – Agriculture white paper scrutinised by Cabinet committee, set for completion in 2015

by 11 May 2015

28 March 2015 Andrew Greene ABC News

The Abbott Government’s long-awaited agriculture white paper has become the latest target of Cabinet’s powerful razor gang.

The Government said it wanted to release the white paper as soon as possible, but insisted it would take the time to get it right.

Originally expected to be released before Christmas, the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is now only “set for completion in 2015″.

“Well we’ve certainly been looking for [...]

Article – Online vision set to reignite NFF

by 11 May 2015

2 April 2015 Colin Bettles North Queensland Register

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) unveiled cutting-edge plans to implement a world-leading online advocacy and policy development platform to federal politicians last week.

NFF chief executive officer Simon Talbot briefed the major political parties in Canberra about details of the ‘Listen to the Land’ project, which aims to unite Australia’s farm sector online and generate improved commercial opportunities.

Mr Talbot said ‘Listen to the Land’ was looking [...]

Article – Mystery $100 Chinese firm shortlisted for NT pipeline

by 7 May 2015

2 April 2015 Amos Aikman & Anthony Klan The Australian

A company run out of a suburban Sydney home with just $100 worth of equity has been chosen as one of the four candidates to build a billion-dollar gas pipeline connecting the Northern Territory to the east coast, trumping several leading firms.

Yesterday the Northern Territory government announced that Merlin Energy Australia would be among those invited to proceed to the final stage of bidding, [...]

Article – Tenders sought for $624m Cooroy to Curra Section C

by 7 May 2015

9 April 2015 Sunshine Coast Daily

The Bruce Highway received a major boost today with tenders now being sought for an early works package as part of the $624 million Cooroy to Curra – Section C project, south of Gympie.

At the Kybong Hall, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the delivery of jobs, productivity gains and economic growth are central to the Commonwealth Government’s unprecedented $50 billion infrastructure investment.

“The Bruce Highway is the lifeblood [...]

Article – NT to invest A$4.75m in tourism infrastructure

by 7 May 2015

9 April 2015 Micebtn

Australia’s Northern Territory Government will spend A$4.75 million in the next two years on a Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund aimed at developing strategic infrastructure designed to grow the value of NT tourism.

One known beneficiary will be the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels at the Darwin Waterfront, with the visitor experience there to be enhanced.

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Article – Major Central Australian stock routes still a problem as mustering and trucking hits full swing

by 7 May 2015

13 April 2015 Nathan Coates ABC Rural

As mustering and trucking cattle hits full swing across the Northern Territory, some of the major stock routes in Central Australia remain a problem.

PHOTO: A road train transporting cattle on the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs. (Nathan Coates )

AUDIO: Mark Castagna, manager of a major Northern Territory trucking company said stock routes are still a problem as mustering and trucking of cattle hits full swing in [...]

Attendees Respond to the Launch of Mrs. Rinehart’s Book, “From Red Tape to Red Carpet…and Then Some”

by 7 May 2015

16 April 2015 David & Sharon Kais Kais Contractors

“You have the ability to reach people and you do this with such conviction and passion. The media will always have its say but having your own private forums allows people to know the real Mrs. Rinehart.

The night was a huge success and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting and networking with such wonderful people.

On our return flight to Perth, I had time to read your [...]

Article – After the mining boom: Blueprint to triple the Pilbara’s population by 2050

by 7 May 2015

12 April 2015 Peter Law Perth Now

THE population of WA’s Pilbara region could triple to 200,000 by 2050 under a blueprint for its future beyond the mining boom.

Renewable energy, agriculture and eco-tourism are among emerging industries identified as crucial to ending the region’s dependence on resources.

The Pilbara Development Commission’s Regional Investment Blueprint builds on the State Government’s plan to transform Karratha and Port Hedland into cities of 50,000 people each by 2035.