Article – For Karratha once there was nothing but blue sky but future uncertain

by 30 December 2013

28 December 2013 Georgia Wilkins The Age

As the mining boom slows, Western Australia’s ‘City of the North’ looks to the future.

The town of Karratha, at the centre of Australia’s iron ore and natural gas boom, is facing a pivotal moment, as a rush of money from royalties floods in just as the mining boom starts to recede.

But the impact of the slowdown on the town is being challenged by officials [...]

Article – Push to triple Top End’s population in 30 years

by 17 December 2013

17 December 2013 Dan Harrison Brisbane Times

The chairman of a parliamentary committee examining ways to turbocharge the Top End wants to see the population of Northern Australia triple within 30 years.

While about 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, only about 1 million people live there.

Warren Entsch, the chairman of the federal parliament’s Northern Australia committee said he would like to see the population of the [...]

Article – Growth drives NT population rise predictions

by 9 December 2013

26 November 2013 ABC News

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) predicts the population of the Northern Territory will grow by more than 50 per cent by 2040.

In its latest population projections, the ABS says it expects the number of people in the Territory will increase to 360,000 over the next 27 years.

In 2012, the Territory population was about 240,000.

ABS director of demography Bjorn Jarvis says current trends indicate that [...]

Article – Mount Isa Mayor urges tax zone rebate changes

by 19 November 2013

18 November 2013 Kate Stephens ABC News

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady says changes are needed if governments are going to encourage more people to live in northern Australia.

Councillor McGrady says he has requested a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss ahead of the Federal Government finalising its white paper on the development of the region.

He says the council has also started a petition, calling for a change to tax zone allowances, [...]

Article – That’s When Neighbors Become Good Friends:Australia’s Northern Territory Seeking Closer Ties with Bali and Indonesia

by 18 November 2013

15 November 2013 Bali Discovery

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika received a visit from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory in Australia, the Honorable Graham Miles MLA on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  Accompanying Miles on his visit was the Mayor for Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim, who is on a tour with Miles to improve relations with Indonesia and East Timor.

In Indonesia, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara have been identified by [...]

Article – It’s time to rethink the great north growth strategy

by 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 Su McCluskey Financial Review

Remote regions of northern Australia will only get the jump on economic growth if they have the same basic conditions as in other parts of the country. Photo: Peter Braig

After 50 years of the same debates and disappointments on northern Australian development, it’s time for something different. Our next national strategy must be about more than mines, dams and development dreams.There are no silver bullets, but there is [...]

Article – Call to think again if the north’s to grow

by 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 Joe Kelly The Australian

NORTHERN Australia should avoid a simplistic one-size-fits-all approach to driving growth, with infrastructure and human capital constraints the key issues to be tackled by policymakers.

That is the warning of a development report released today by the Regional Australia Institute intended to help guide debate on the government’s promised white paper on the development of northern Australia due by next September.

The paper advocates a new approach based [...]

Article – Abbott set to adopt ‘Asia-first’ approach

by 18 September 2013

9 September 2013 Jonathan Pearlman The Straits Times

Although he was born in London and remains a social conservative and staunch monarchist who frequently praises Western values, Australia’s incoming prime minister has increasingly turned his attention eastward.

Mr Tony Abbott’s government is set to adopt an “Asia-first” approach to foreign affairs and pursue closer ties and consultation across the region, particularly with Indonesia and China.

The new foreign minister, Ms Julie Bishop, has been a [...]

Article – Asia’s rich to offset ‘reshoring’:The rising wealth will withstand the US's edge in energy prices

by 25 July 2013

July 25, 2013 Paul Garvey The Australian

THE continued growth of Asia’s middle class will help insulate the region’s economy from the impact of “reshoring”, the phenomenon that could see cheap US energy prices and rising Chinese labour costs drive manufacturing back to North America.

But Australia’s manufacturing faces an ongoing challenge to compete, with new research into reshoring by investment bank CLSA underscoring the vast productivity gap between Australia and the rest of Asia.

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Article – A dream worth billions:Big plans for north Australia

by 20 July 2013

13 July 2013 Andrea Davy andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au The Daily Mercury

MACKAY is tipped to become a development hot spot if the Liberal National Coalition wins  the upcoming election, according to Senator Ian Macdonald and Member for Dawson George  Christensen.

The pair spoke to key industry groups in Mackay yesterday morning during a public forum to  discuss the Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia.

Senator Macdonald said the north had excellent tourism, agriculture and resource  [...]