Article – APPEA report urges labour market reform

by 20 August 2014

18 August 2014 Amos Aikman The Australian

GREATER numbers of fly-in fly-out workers and easier access to global labour markets will be crucial aids to capturing up to $180 billion worth of capital investment potentially available from developing the oil and gas industry, particularly in northern Australia.

The findings are contained in a report produced for the industry’s peak body, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, due to be handed to the federal parliamentary [...]

Article – Rio Tinto-funded training centre to help Aboriginal miners, Gumatj Corporation says

by 11 August 2014

2 August 2014 James Dunlevie ABC News

A new Rio Tinto-funded training centre aimed at supporting the creation of a mining venture operated by Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land has been announced.

In a statement, the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Gumatj Corporation said the new centre, to be established with $2.4 million in funding from the mining giant, would provide training for the local Yolngu people,

Such training was an important step towards the creation of [...]

Article – NT nuclear waste dump could ‘close the gap’ for Aboriginal people: Bob Hawke

by 7 August 2014

3 August 2014 ABC News

The storage of nuclear waste in the Northern Territory would help “close the gap” for Aboriginal people, creating financial opportunities, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke says.

And he told the Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land last night that NT Chief Minister Adam Giles was “keenly supportive” of his proposal.

In an address, Mr Hawke repeated his long-held belief nuclear generated power was essential for tackling climate change - and Australia had [...]

Article – Martu people welcome uranium development at Kintyre mine in East Pilbara

by 5 August 2014

29 July 2014 Ebonnie Spriggs and Lucie Bell ABC News

Representatives of traditional owners in the East Pilbara have welcomed environmental approval for a proposed uranium mine and condemned a bid by a conservation group to appeal against the decision.

The Martu people signed a land-use deal with Cameco Australia in 2012, allowing the company to develop its Kintyre mine, north-east of Newman.

The project was granted conditional approval on Monday by the Environmental Protection [...]

Article – Lessons from the Kimberley on developing Northern Australia

by 5 August 2014

31 July 2014 Jessica McLean The Conversation

“We are very happy to have got this far. We have had our disagreements but we have managed to work through them and now we are all getting on with the job. We have learnt a lot through the process.”

Standing on the banks of Kununurra’s Lily Creek Lagoon, Miriwoong woman Helen Gerrard spoke those words at a community celebration in July 2006, dubbed “Satisfaction Day”, which marked [...]

Book Release – Beyond the North-South Culture Wars

by 28 July 2014

21 July 2014

A new book, Beyond the North–South Culture Wars: Reconciling Northern Australia’s Recent Past With Its Future by Allan Dale, explores the conflicts which exist between northern and southern Australia. Increasingly, Australia’s agriculturalists are looking to the nation’s north to escape the decline in southern Australia’s water and soil resources. Booming mineral and gas development is also helping to drive the nation’s economic success. At the same time, the south’s conservation sector would [...]

Article – Broadband spreads wider in NT

by 9 July 2014

4 July 2014 Neda Vanovac The Australian

THE time for message sticks is over, says the mayor of a remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community now plugged into the wider community via a new 3G mobile phone tower.

PEPPIMENARTI, about 320k south of Darwin, is one of eight Aboriginal communities including Papunya and Palumpa to receive access to 3G mobile phone services through a joint NT government-Telstra tower project worth $5.76 million.

Another six communities now [...]

Article – Tourism Slides from Rocks to a Hard Place

by 9 July 2014

5 July 2014 Amos Aikman The Australian

SOME of Australia’s best natural assets are going to waste, with tourism numbers dwindling across the Northern Territory amid concern high costs, tired infrastructure and lack of innovation could threaten northern development.

Growing the tourism industry is one of the key strategies highlighted by the federal and Territory governments in their plans to develop the north, yet figures show tourism operators had a shocking 2013.

Visitor numbers fell [...]

Article – Aboriginal people get a new voice

by 8 July 2014

4 July 2014 Australian Associated Press

Aboriginal people living in the far-flung communities of the western top end of the Northern Territory don’t always get heard by governments, but now a new council will help them raise their voices.

The NT government made an election promise in 2012 to dismantle eight super-shires, creating nine regional councils and 63 local councils in a move it says will give power back to people in the bush.

“The [...]

Article – Aboriginals Mustering Forces

by 7 July 2014

5 July 2014 Brad Thompson The West Australian

Overseas and Australian entities are lining up to invest in under-performing Aboriginal-controlled cattle stations in the Kimberley, according to the man behind an ambitious plan to run them as a vast co-operative.

Interest in the project went up a notch this week when mining billionaire Gina Rinehart took a 50% share in two privately-owned stations on the Fitzroy River surrounded by Aboriginal properties.

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