Article – Rio Tinto’s win-win model for northern and indigenous prosperity

by 12 November 2015

9 November 2015 Phil Edmands The Australian

Northern Australia is the underdeveloped frontier of the “lucky country”.

The pathway to further economic prosperity for the Top End hinges on two factors: governments must establish the right ­settings, and investors and local communities must take a partnership approach.

The vast majority of Rio Tinto’s global iron ore production comes from Northern Australia. Our Pilbara iron ore operations comprise 15 mines, four port facilities and 1700km of [...]

Article – Development loans for Top End

by 12 November 2015

9 November 2015 Mark Ludlow Queensland Country Life

THE federal government will offer $5 billion in concessional loans from mid-next year to major projects that facilitate further investment from the private sector and state and territory governments to open up the economic potential of the Top End.

Northern Australia Minister Josh Frydenberg, who will release a consultation paper on the criteria for the long-awaited fund on Monday, said the Turnbull government will not force state [...]