Annual Developing Northern Australia Conference

by 31 March 2015

The program will cover the critical issues facing the area from north of the Tropic of Capricorn, spanning Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland; an area of approximately three million square kilometres with a population of around one million people.

It will engage with the drivers of growth including agriculture, mining, energy, tourism and other emerging sectors. The strategic importance of the North with its geographic proximity to Asian markets presents both challenges and opportunities [...]

Article – Investor confidence shaken after QLD uranium mining ban

by 31 March 2015

18 March 2015 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

The Palaszczuk’s government plan to ban uranium mining in Queensland has sent shockwaves through the industry.

The recently instated minster for natural resources and mines, Anthony Lynham, announced the prohibition, which had stood in place from 1982 until 2012, would be brought in again.

Lynham said mining will not take place, but added that exploration is allowed to continue.

“Resource companies can continue to apply for a generic [...]

Article – WA no longer world’s best place for miners, hammered by royalties and taxes

by 26 March 2015

4 March 2015 Tess Ingram Sydney Morning Herald

Western Australia has lost its world No.1 ranking for mining investment, with lobby groups pointing the finger at hefty royalty payments and taxes that can gobble as much as 47 per cent of mining companies’ profits.

The Fraser Institute’s recent survey of mining companies showed Western Australia slipped to No. 5 last year from being the world’s most desirable mining jurisdiction based on investment attractiveness, factoring in perceptions of [...]

Article – Prawn farmers hopeful northern aquaculture inquiry will drive industry expansion

by 25 March 2015

20 March 2015 Carmen Brown ABC Rural

Commercial prawn farmers are hopeful a parliamentary inquiry into northern aquaculture will help drive investment and expansion across the industry.

The inquiry was announced by the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia yesterday, and will focus on new projects, products, markets and innovation.

President of the Australian Prawn Farmers Association, Matt West, welcomed the move, but said the focus should be on expanding existing businesses, rather than commercialising [...]

Article – Unlocking the North

by 17 March 2015

14 March 2015 Matt Sherrington North Queensland Register

UNLOCKING the potential of the North is the key idea for the highly anticipated Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) 31st Annual General Meeting, Conference and Gala Dinner, being held at the Darwin Convention Centre on March 26-27.

NTCA CEO Tracey Hayes said the event will include an intensive program aimed at challenging industry to look at the emerging issues facing current and future generations of producers.

“Across [...]

Article – State Election blamed for Northern Australia white paper delay

by 12 March 2015

27 February 2015 Daniel Bateman The Cairns Post

THE Queensland election has been blamed for further delays in the release of the report into unlocking the economic potential of Northern Australia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to soon make an announcement about the Coalition’s white paper, which will recommend policies to boost population and economic growth across the region.

Tax incentives, infrastructure upgrades, reducing the cost of insurance and relocating public servants have all [...]

Article – Irrigated agriculture developed in perfect time for WA cattle station

by 3 March 2015

19 February 2015 Tyne McConnon ABC Rural

As hot dry conditions on the north-west coast of Western Australia continue, one Kimberley cattle station is making the most of its newly developed irrigation project.

Wallal Downs Station, 300 kilometres south of Broome, last year spent $1 million on setting up 94 hectares of irrigated agriculture for cattle fodder.

The station completed the development just in time as this year it has been in almost drought conditions.

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Article – More power to Qld regions

by 17 February 2015

5 February 2015 AAP

Watch out Brisbane – farmers, graziers and other small town Queensland folk are set to have more say over how the state is run.

A swing back to Labor from the Liberal National Party in most northern electorates has caught the attention of both major parties, meaning industries like agriculture could soon get a lot more attention.

That’s according to Dr Paul Williams, a political analyst from Griffith University, who says [...]

Article – SA to hold nuclear power royal commission

by 17 February 2015

8 February 2015 The West Australian

South Australia will hold a Royal Commission to investigate the state’s possible role in the production of nuclear power.

Premier Jay Weatherill said South Australians should be given the opportunity to consider the practical, financial and ethical issues raised by a deeper involvement in the nuclear industries.

“We are home to one of the largest uranium deposits in the world and after more than 25 years of uranium production, [...]

Article – Cows v sugar in WA grazing lease talks

by 17 February 2015

9 February 2015 Matthew Cranston Queensland Country Life

CHINESE real estate giant Shanghai Zhongfu is in discussions with one of Australia’s largest cattle producers Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) to take over a major leasehold in the Ord River area, intending to expand cane production.

All pastoral leases in Western Australia are due to expire in June this year creating a frenzy of new deals and renewals.

In 2012, Shanghai Zhongfu, trading as Kimberley Agricultural Investments, [...]