Article – The Country Hour visits north-west Queensland

by 5 June 2014

5 June 2014 Craig Zonca and Virginia Tapp QLD Country Hour

The Queensland Country Hour is on the road this week through the north-west of the state, tracking from Mt Isa to Karumba.

Today’s stop is Lorraine Station, halfway between Cloncurry and the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Leichhardt River.

The property is huge – it covers 2,400 square kilometres and reaches across the Burke, Carpentaria and Cloncurry shires.

It would take a solid week [...]

Article – Rice crops replace cattle as Northern Territory pastoralist diversifies

by 30 May 2014

24 May 2014 ABC News

One of the world’s staple grains could prove a diversification winner for northern Australia, the Northern Territory Government and growers agree.

Pastoralist turned rice grower Bruce White planted seedlings three weeks ago his cattle property, Mt Keppler Station, 100 kilometres south of Darwin, and is already starting to see shoots popping up.

He started planting on the flood plain two years ago, and while there were some challenges – like [...]

Article – WA remains Australia’s strongest economy

by 30 April 2014

28 April 2014 AAP

The Top End is leading the way when it comes to economic activity, due to strong growth in construction, according to CommSec’s quarterly State of the States report.

South Australia and Tasmania were the weakest performing states, while NSW came in third, followed by Queensland in fourth place and Victoria in fifth.

Every three months, CommSec uses eight key indicators to rank the states and territories – economic growth, retail spending, [...]