Report on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016

by 10 May 2016

Advisory Report Presented

The Federal Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee today recommended the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016 be passed by the Australian Parliament in its report titled ‘Advisory Report on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016’.

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility established by the Bill will provide up to $5 billion in concessional financial assistance for infrastructure projects designed to stimulate economic and population growth in Northern Australia.

The Committee Chair, the Hon [...]

Article – Call for haste on infrastructure

by 10 May 2016

15 April 2016 Cairns Post

THE Turnbull Government needs to urgently pass legislation for the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) as soon as possible to give certainty to North Queenslanders before they go to an early election.

In Cairns yesterday, Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke called on the Federal Government to prioritise the important legislation.

“After years of inaction under Prime Minister Tony Abbott we’re [...]

Article – Northern Territory fracked gas to flow to eastern states by 2018, Chief Minister says

by 16 September 2015

24 August 2015 Ruby Jones ABC News

A pipeline that would supply east coast markets with shale gas fracked in the Northern Territory will be up and running by 2018, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has told the Top End’s business community.

Mr Giles said he was confident the successful bidder for the project would be announced shortly, and gas “would be flowing” by the end of 2018.

Quick facts on the pipeline:

What is [...]

Article – Western Australia’s Ord River irrigators tell Prime Minister they need less talk and more development

by 2 September 2015

26 August 2015 Tom Edwards ABC Rural

Farmers in an irrigated agriculture zone in Western Australia’s remote East Kimberley say they want vital development to progress more quickly.

AUDIO: Ord farmers Fritz Bolten, David Menzel and Christian Bloecker talking about the need for development to progress more quickly (ABC Rural)

Their call for action follows a visit to the Ord River Irrigation Area by the Prime Minister on Sunday.

AUDIO: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he’s [...]

Article – China summit to help build two-way silk road

by 2 September 2015

28 August 2015 Greg Earl Australian Financial Review

The Chinese government wants to link its silk road infrastructure development initiative with the Abbott government’s plans to develop northern Australia, in a broadening of the potential business links to flow from the bilateral trade agreement.

NSW deputy consul-general Tong Xuejun said the idea of linking the development of northern Australia with the regional infrastructure initiatives that China is bundling up under its One Belt One Road [...]

Article – Regulatory Thicket Exacts A High Price

by 12 August 2015

25 July 2015 Mikayla Novak Canberra Times

It’s not just miners who are stung by regulatory settings. As the ongoing Liverpool Plains coal mine saga illustrates, regulators are frustrating Australia’s ability to join global efforts in eradicating energy poverty.

Through a rather severe winter this year Australians have taken for granted their ability to flick on a switch providing extra light, or to turn on an electric heater to keep warm.

Much of this lifesaving [...]

Article – Port expansion must go ahead to ensure Far North’s future growth

by 12 August 2015

30 July 2015 Jennifer Spilsbury The Cairns Post

READY, set, grow, our headline on Page 1 yesterday screamed.

And rightly so.

All indications are that this city has much to be positive about for the future.

There are major projects on the go and in proposal and there is a fantastic attitude about town.

This city is ready to grow.

Today’s Page 1 headline though is like a footnote to yesterday’s optimistic message.

Without clear channels, [...]

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 – Securing a strong future for Northern Australia

by 15 July 2015

19 June 2015 AMEC

“The Federal Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia recognises the enormous potential Australia’s north holds for regional communities, investment in industry and the flow-on economic benefits for all Australians,” said Simon Bennison, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), CEO.

“The White paper has taken on board many of AMEC’s recommendations and is a good starting point.

“Industry supports simpler land access arrangements, lowering business costs, reducing red tape, reducing [...]