Article – Billion-dollar prawn farm Project Sea Dragon on Legune Station given major project status

by 29 July 2015

27 July 2015 Nadia Daly and Sally Brooks ABC News

What could be Australia’s biggest prawn farm has been given major project status by the federal and Northern Territory governments, fast-tracking its development.

Project Sea Dragon is a $1.45-billion project proposed for Legune Station, on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia and sitting on the northern coastline.

WA company Seafarms Group is looking to develop a land-based prawn aquaculture project on the [...]

Article – Northern Territory could become Australia’s seventh state by 2018

by 29 July 2015

23 July 2015 Sarah Whyte WA Today

The remote territory known for its crocodiles and steamy weather might finally lose its status as “second-class citizen”, becoming the  country’s seventh state.

State leaders at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on Thursday unanimously agreed with Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles that the territory should become its own state by July 1, 2018, according to a communique issued by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

PHOTO: Debate has raged for many years about whether the Northern [...]

Article – Aus ag ripe for foreign investment

by 29 July 2015

16 July 2015 Andrew Marshall Queensland Country Life

THE sliding dollar is sweetening Australia’s appeal as an agricultural investment destination ripe for overseas companies and fund managers, particularly from North America and Europe.

While the headlines are frequently all about new farm sector deals between Australian agribusinesses and players in key markets in developing Asia, a new age of ‘Down Under’ investment interest is dawning in global capital markets from more traditional backgrounds.

“We’re seeing [...]

Article – New harbour expansion for Port Hedland tugboats

by 29 July 2015

22 July 2015 Ben Hagemann Australian Mining

A fresh investment in Port Hedland will create 200 jobs, BHP said.

Around US$240 million will be spent on construction of a new eight-pen tug harbour at Hunt Point, as well as an additional six tugboats to meet projected increasing demand for the iron ore port.

The project will also include upgrade of workshop facilities, operational and service berths, and two small boat moorings at the Nelson Point [...]

Article – Mackay Port touted as future mine industry distribution hub ahead of cargo facility expansion

by 29 July 2015

21 July 2015 Melissa Maddison ABC News

North Queensland Bulk Ports says Mackay is well-placed to become a distribution hub for the mining industry.

More than $10 million has been allocated in the state budget for a ‘break bulk cargo’ facility at the Port of Mackay.

Jeff Stewart-Harris said it would allow large items, like mining machinery, to be imported and worked on before being taken to site.

He said it was a niche market [...]

Article – Northern Australia must drive tropical economies: Sandra Harding

by 27 July 2015

21 July 2015 Shane Rodgers The Australian

Australia’s economic future and regional security could depend on how well the nation capital­ises on the role of the north in helping to drive the ­develop­ment of tropical economies across the world.

Sandra Harding, the vice-chancellor and president of James Cook University, believes a “new idea of Australia” is ­required to recognise that tropical economies represent one of our biggest opportunities and greatest risks.

Tropical regions have 40 [...]

Article – Developing northern Queensland in focus

by 27 July 2015

21 July 2015 Coralee O’Rourke

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke will bring North Queensland into focus at the Developing Northern Australia conference in Townsville today.

The conference, hosted by the Association for Sustainability in Business, will see the Minister join business leaders, academics, non-government organisations and community groups, as well as local and federal government representatives, to address topics relevant to northern Australia.

Minister O’Rourke said a key focus would be [...]

Article – China: new market for livestock exports

by 22 July 2015

20 July 2015 Barnaby Joyce Minister for Agriculture

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today announced a breakthrough in live cattle export trade negotiations with China.

Minister Joyce said the Australian and Chinese veterinary authorities were in the process of formalising agreement on animal health certification requirements, which would allow industry to begin to prepare the commercial and ESCAS arrangements for trade to commence.

“I was very pleased today to sign the agreement of health [...]

Article – Australia dreams again of developing the north

by 22 July 2015

22 June 2015 Wendy Frew BBC News

Forced to rethink its reliance on a mining industry now in decline, Australia is looking north for growth and opportunities. But some worry the vision could be a mirage.

When Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week released a white paper with proposals to develop the 3m sq km (1.86m sq miles) that make up the northern part of the continent, Australians could have been forgiven for thinking they [...]

Developing Northern Australia Conference 2015

by 22 July 2015

The annual Developing Northern Australia Conference discusses critical issues in the region from north of the Tropic of Capricorn, spanning Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. This is an area of about three million square kilometres with a population of around one million people.

The purpose of the conference is to engage with the drivers of growth including agriculture, mining, energy, tourism and other developing sectors. There is a lot of strategic importance of the North, as it [...]