Article – Local governments cautiously welcome inquiry

by 25 September 2014

10 September 2014 Ben Leahy Pilbara News and North West Telegraph

Pilbara local governments have cautiously welcomed a parliamentary inquiry calling for studies into special economic zones in northern Australia and new measures to discourage companies from setting up fly-in, fly-out workforces.

The Federal committee’s Pivot North report, tabled last week, made more than 40 recommendations to boost economic growth in northern Australia.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said the “very promising report” [...]

Article – Nationals in push to limit fly-in, fly-out workers in favour of locally-based workers

by 10 September 2014

3 September 2014 ABC News

The West Australian Nationals will debate motions designed to reduce resource companies’ reliance on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers at their annual conference this weekend.

The Nationals’ Kalgoorlie branch wants the party’s state council to call on the Federal Government to charge a fringe benefit tax on the free transport provided to workers flying into mine sites.

At the same time, it wants tax deductions for mining companies which provide accommodation [...]

Article – NT on path to pulling own weight: Giles

by 10 September 2014

4 September 2014 Danny Rose The West Australian

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles looks north for a population top-up and south for a business influx, and says his reliant state is on the path to pulling its own weight.

Investment in key infrastructure is needed to unlock the territory’s potential, he also says, and to support the growth of industries which underpin neighbouring states.

“It’s weird when you think about the mining and development [...]

Article – Employers in Northern Australia to get concessions on overseas workers

by 1 September 2014

25 August 2014 Ray Clancy Australia Forum

Skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers looking for work in North and West Australia could find it easier to be sponsored for a 457 visa under new arrangements to combat serious job shortages.

The federal government is set to make it easier for employers across Northern Australia to import guest workers as local people leave their jobs to work on the massive $34 billion Ichthys gas project, leaving shortages [...]

Article – Summit told Katherine may rival Alice Springs

by 21 August 2014

14 August 2014 NT News

KATHERINE could eventually grow to the size of Alice Springs on the back of mining, agriculture and transport, a summit on the development of northern Australia was told last night.

Issues raised from the floor and pre-submitted via the internet put to the summit panel included the need to improve roads, the potential environmental impact of fracking for gas, growing food in the Territory for Asia, the future increase of [...]

Article – APPEA report urges labour market reform

by 20 August 2014

18 August 2014 Amos Aikman The Australian

GREATER numbers of fly-in fly-out workers and easier access to global labour markets will be crucial aids to capturing up to $180 billion worth of capital investment potentially available from developing the oil and gas industry, particularly in northern Australia.

The findings are contained in a report produced for the industry’s peak body, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, due to be handed to the federal parliamentary [...]

Article – Water hope for Pilbara cities

by 14 August 2014

5 August 2014 Brad Thompson The West Australian

The dream of growing cities in the Pilbara is a step closer to reality after investigations revealed massive underground reservoirs able to support rapid growth in industry and agriculture.

The untapped water sources include the West Canning Basin, which experts believe can supply 100 gigalitres a year to centres in the Pilbara. The second major source is 30GL a year from groundwater in the Hamersley Ranges.

A [...]

Article – NT population greying amid ‘escalator migration’ of Australians nearing retirement, researchers say

by 5 August 2014

1 August 2014 James Purtill ABC News

Australians nearing retirement are taking higher paying jobs in the Northern Territory to maximise superannuation returns, researchers say.

Dubbed “escalator migration”, the phenomenon is one of several factors that is greying the Top End’s population and causing a projected doubling of over 65-year-olds by 2040.

Research from Charles Darwin University (CDU) shows the number of seniors will grow because of increasing life expectancy and more retirees staying in the [...]

Article – FIFO camps should become ‘thing of the past’, Brendon Grylls says

by 5 August 2014

30 July 2014 Ebonnie Spriggs ABC News

Large-scale, fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mining camps should become a thing of the past as the State Government works to develop Pilbara towns into thriving populations centres, former WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls says.

Mr Grylls, the architect of the State Government’s Pilbara Cities policy, said the northern towns were building their capacity to better cater for mine workers.

Announced in 2009, Pilbara Cities seeks to build the population [...]

Article – Northern Territory needs a break on track to seventh state: Giles

by 4 August 2014

30 July 2014 Adam Creighton The Australian

NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has backed Gina Rinehart’s concern about Australia’s high costs, calling for tax breaks for workers and businesses to help make Darwin the gateway to Asia.

In Sydney yesterday to promote the Territory’s growing economic footprint and to flag the lease of Darwin’s port, Mr Giles said the Territory was on track to be Australia’s seventh state.

“It’s on our agenda, we are [...]