Article – Entsch lands barra as focus turns to aquaculture

by 28 April 2015

April 2015 Boyd Robertson Newsport

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch stopped in at Wonga Beach on Wednesday to open Daintree Barramundi Fish Farms as focus turns toward aquaculture in Far North Queensland. 

Although Daintree Barramundi Fish Farm has already been operating for three years, Mr Entsch ‘officially opened’ the business to mark its success.

The farm’s barramundi regularly pick up awards from national food shows and are also in high demand as breeding stock.

The [...]

Article – Former treasurer DeLacy says north must be developed

by 23 April 2015

16 April 2015 Eric Johnston The Australian

The development of northern Australia presents a “great opportunity” for Australia to help feed growing demand for food globally, according to Keith DeLacy, a former treasurer of Queensland.

Mr DeLacy, who is proposing a $2 billion sugar and cattle project, said the fundamentals for the region were in place, including water, land and sunshine. However, the lack of infrastructure that was crimping development.

“We’ve got an obligation, of [...]

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

by 16 April 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 – Final Stage of Townsville Ring Road Project Underway

by 7 April 2015

18 March 2015 ATN

Improved truck access to the Port of Townsville in Queensland has taken a step closer, with work beginning on the final section of a key road project in the state.

Construction has started on the last stage of the Townsville Ring Road between Shaw Road and Mount Low to alleviate local congestion and improve road freight movements.

The final piece of the road project involves an 11.5km section crossing the Bohle [...]

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 – 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 – 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 [...]