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 – Uluru seeks rock-solid ideas for growth

by 12 August 2015

14 July 2014 PS News Online

The Board of Management of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia has called for ideas from the public to boost tourism to the iconic destination.

Chair of the Board, Sammy Wilson said the ideas should be culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive, and should be aimed at attracting business and investment to the Park.

He said the Traditional Owners wanted people with good ideas to come and talk together.

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Article – ‘Avalanche of opportunity’ for Indigenous employment in Northern Territory mining industry

by 10 June 2015

27 May 2015 Daniel Fitzgerald ABC Rural

A consultant working in Indigenous engagement says there is an “avalanche of opportunity” for Indigenous employment in the Northern Territory mining sector.

AUDIO: Consultant Ben Halliwell speaks about Indigenous employment opportunities in the mining sector (ABC Rural)

Ben Halliwell, from corporate advisory firm Long Halliwell, said while the opportunities were available, work was still needed on making them consistently viable.

Speaking with ABC Rural at a mining and exploration [...]

Article – Small iron ore mine approved in the Pilbara

by 2 April 2015

18 March 2015 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

The first Indigenous-owned and operated mine in the Pilbara has been approved by the WA government.

Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation is seeking to mine 2-4 million tonnes of iron ore at its Extension project 70 kilometres north-west of Newman.

The mine would require supporting infrastructure, including an access road, internal roads, ore crushing facilities and an accommodation camp.

The Environmental Protection Authority found that minimal impacts of the [...]

Article – Kimberley gas plant protesters ‘left nothing’ for people

by 31 March 2015

13 March 2015 Andrew Burrell The Australian

THE Aboriginal leader who backed a $40 billion gas plant in the Kimberley as a way of creating indigenous jobs has attacked “extreme nutter” environmentalists who he says derailed the plan but have since done nothing to help the region’s impoverished people.

Wayne Bergmann, a businessman and former head of the Kimberley Land Council, told an oil and gas conference in Perth yesterday that suicide rates and unemployment [...]

Article – Indigenous land owners granted ‘significant’ water licences for farming in Northern Territory

by 22 January 2015

16 January 2015 Matt Brann ABC Rural

A company established on behalf of Indigenous land owner groups has been granted four water licences for agricultural use near Mataranka in the Northern Territory.

Known as Top End Farm, the company has secured up to 6,600 megalitres of water each year from the Tindal limestone aquifer.

Top End Farm’s Vin Lange said it is the start of what should be a ‘significant economic opportunity for the region’.

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Article – Adam Giles may offer NT nuclear waste site if traditional owners fail to nominate location

by 21 October 2014

1 October 2014 Rick Hind ABC News

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has suggested his Government may put up a site for a national nuclear waste dump if traditional owners fail to nominate one.

Traditional owners in the Northern Territory were asked to nominate their land for a nuclear waste facility by September 30.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane had indicated that if a site was not nominated, a selection process involving land owners from [...]

Article – Let’s get serious about Northern Development: it’s a no-brainer

by 20 October 2014

23 September 2014 Nyungga Black

Last week I delivered a major speech to the Future of Tropical Economies Conference in Cairns in which I talked about the Federal Government’s commitment to the development of Northern Australia and how we can harness human capital to develop the north.

This is a very important topic because the Federal Government will soon release a White Paper setting out its Government’s vision and policy for the future of Northern [...]

Article – COAG puts focus on land rights to get Territory moving on jobs

by 16 October 2014

11 October 2014 Sid Maher The Australian

NORTHERN Territory indigenous land rights legislation will be reviewed in Tony Abbott’s northern Australia white paper after a meeting of state and national leaders was told it was holding back development.

The Prime Minister announced the review as the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra also agreed to establish a federal agency to help with overseas adoptions.

Mr Abbott said adoptions would remain within state jurisdictions but [...]

Article – WA Aboriginal communities propose joint venture to secure stake in fish farm project

by 16 October 2014

11 October 2014 Sean Murphy ABC News

Three Aboriginal communities in the far north of Western Australia are hoping to become major players in a new aquaculture industry, but may face competition from foreign investors.

At remote Cone Bay, north of Derby, the WA Government has proclaimed a 2,000 hectare site for up to 20,000 tonnes of fin fish to be produced annually.

Perth based Marine Produce Australia (MPA) has spent $50 million developing a [...]