Article – Port Hedland iron ore exports up 30%

by 11 February 2015

4 February 2015 Vicky Validakis Australian Mining

The extra tonnages of iron ore the major miners are exporting is highlighted in official figures released by the Pilbara Port Authority.

In January, iron ore exports for the month totalled 36.7Mt, an increase of 8.5Mt or 30 per cent from the same month in 2014.

The results come as no surprise, with major miners BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group all adding extra tonnages and reporting record [...]

Article – Goldfields gas pipeline program ramping up

by 10 February 2015

5 February 2015 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

A $140 million gas pipeline slated for WA’s Eastern Goldfields is ramping up as more piping arrives for construction.

The 292 kilometre pipeline was first announced in July last year, as part of a gas network designed to connect mines in the region to the existing Goldfields Gas pipeline via a lateral pipeline at the Murrin Murrin nickel mine, which will eventually extend past Anglo Gold’s Sunrise Dam [...]

Article – NT to East Coast gas link proposal gains momentum

by 8 January 2015

Summer 2014/15 Gas Today

A gas pipeline linking the Northern Territory to the east coast gas market is now closer than ever after NSW and NT signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the pipeline. Gas Today spoke with NT Chief Minister Adam Giles about the proposed pipeline.

After having recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the NSW Government, while also having been given the blessing of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the Northern [...]

Article – Fertiliser giant Incitec Pivot signs deal to get Northern Territory gas

by 18 November 2014

13 November 2014 Nathan Coates ABC Rural

A proposed gas pipeline from the Northern Territory to eastern states would be a huge boost to the viability of Australia’s largest fertiliser manufacturer, Incitec Pivot.

AUDIO: Northern Territory gas pipeline will help viability of Incitec Pivot (ABC Rural)

Resources company, Central Petroleum, has just signed a heads of agreement with Incitec Pivot to supply 15 petajoules of gas annually, based on the anticipated construction of the NT pipeline.


Article – SunRice wants to grow Australian rice production and buys mill in Northern Australia

by 18 November 2014

12 November 2014 Warwick Long ABC Rural

Australia’s largest rice processor has completed a multi-million-dollar move into northern Australia.

AUDIO: SunRice CEO, Rob Gordon explains the companies purchase of a mill in northern Australia. (ABC Rural)

SunRice’s $4.5 million purchase of the Blue Ribbon Group’s rice mill and assets in the Burdekin region near Townsville has just been given approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

CEO Rob Gordon says the company wants more Australian [...]

Article – Chinese free-trade deal opens door to exports

by 18 November 2014

17 November 2014 The Australian

TONY Abbott has won a dramatic increase in market access for ­Australian farmers, services and manufacturers in a trade deal worth at least $18 billion over a decade that maintains full scrutiny of investments by Chinese state-owned ­enterprises.

The Prime Minister and ­Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign a memorandum of understanding in Canberra today on an Australia-China free-trade agreement, strengthening the nation’s relationship with its biggest trading partner.

Mr [...]

Article – Jacqui Lambie on the warpath

by 10 September 2014

5 June 2014 Sean Ford The Advocate

PAYROLL tax cuts to keep Qantas jobs in Tasmania should be just the start of creating a “special economic zone” in Tasmania, Palmer United senator-elect Jacqui Lambie says.

In a wide-ranging spray taking in Liberals, Nationals and newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt,  Ms Lambie this morning  seized on the Hodgman Government offering Qantas a $10.9 million incentive over 10 years – mostly via payroll tax relief – to secure [...]

Article – Northern Territory will be farmed but not everyone wants to dam it

by 9 September 2014

6 September 2014 Sue Neales The Australian

THE clear warm water is gushing and gurgling across the dry plains of Tipperary Station as the new bore churns and drills into the limestone aquifers deep below the famous Top End cattle station.

It’s a sight that has lifelong cattleman David Warriner grinning in delight as he contemplates turning a $1 million investment in bores and irrigation equipment into a rippling 100ha field of white poppies next [...]

Article – NSW catching up to west and north in state economic race

by 25 July 2014

21 July 2014 Alicia Barry ABC News

New research shows growth across Australia’s states and territories is levelling out as the economy moves away from its reliance on mining.

CommSec’s State of the States report for the March quarter ranks Western Australia as the country’s best performing state or territory, due to an improvement in home lending and construction.

Closely behind was the Northern Territory, helped by the gas boom, and New South Wales where [...]

Article – Griffith Council offers developer discount in bid to stimulate local economy

by 10 July 2014

7 July 2014 ABC News

The Griffith City Council is taking the unusual step of offering a discount to developers.

It follows criticism of the council’s response to a lull in local economic activity.

The council has begun advertising a 25 per cent reduction in the cost of a construction certificate, if it is lodged at the same time as a development application.

Mayor, John Dal Broi, says the incentive for developers aims to generate [...]