Article – Uluru seeks rock-solid ideas for growth

by 12 August 2015

14 July 2014 PS News Online

The Board of Management of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia has called for ideas from the public to boost tourism to the iconic destination.

Chair of the Board, Sammy Wilson said the ideas should be culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive, and should be aimed at attracting business and investment to the Park.

He said the Traditional Owners wanted people with good ideas to come and talk together.

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Article – NT to invest A$4.75m in tourism infrastructure

by 7 May 2015

9 April 2015 Micebtn

Australia’s Northern Territory Government will spend A$4.75 million in the next two years on a Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund aimed at developing strategic infrastructure designed to grow the value of NT tourism.

One known beneficiary will be the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels at the Darwin Waterfront, with the visitor experience there to be enhanced.

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Article – Plenty of scope to increase tourism on the Northern Rivers

by 24 October 2014

30 September 2014 Kimmaree Thompson The Northern Star

TOURISM is a leading industry on Northern Rivers, bringing $1.5 billion to our economy and employing more than 7% of our workforce. But as the NSW Parliamentary Research Office recently reminded us, only 6.4% (one in 16) of domestic and international visitors to NSW come here.

Although the North Coast is Australia’s third most popular tourist destination, trailing only Sydney and Melbourne, these numbers tell us there [...]

Article – WA tourism sector set for resurgence in wake of mining boom

by 10 September 2014

2 September 2014 ABC News

Western Australia’s tourism sector is gearing up to take advantage of a resurgence in the industry as the resources boom eases.

Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Peter Shelley said accommodation was becoming more available and prices had fallen.

He said the resources boom had limited the availability of accommodation and also created labour shortages, but that was now changing as the economy levelled out.

Mr Shelley said he had [...]

Article – Capricorn Coast chases $80m for northern tourist link

by 27 August 2014

20 August 2014 Pam McKay The Morning Bulletin

MAYOR Bill Ludwig says it is the “ideal time” for the Livingstone Shire Council to push its plans for a northern tourist link.

The proposed Capricorn Coast-Bruce Hwy Link Rd will drive north-bound traffic into Yeppoon, while also providing an alternate route for primary production and access to the Shoalwater Bay military training area.

Livingstone council has identified the route as a priority transport link road project [...]

Australia’s resource export volumes surge in 2013

by 30 July 2014

25 July 2014 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The volume of Australia’s resources (mineral and fuels) exports grew over 10 per cent in 2013 – almost double the annual rate of the last decade – according to statistics released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The increase in volumes shows the resources boom transitioning from the investment phase to the production phase as projects developed over recent years begin operation. In [...]

Article – Push Pilbara mining to tourists, Anderson says

by 30 July 2014

28 July 2014 Cole Latimer Australian Mining

The founder of Contiki, John Anderson, has urged the Pilbara to promote its mining industry as a tourist attraction.

Addressing the Pilbara Pulse Economic Summit, Anderson pointed to mining as a way for the region to differentiate itself, the ABC reported.

“I would love to go and see a working mine,” he told the conference.

“I mean these are huge, and the size of the machines – the wheels were [...]

Article – Tourism Slides from Rocks to a Hard Place

by 9 July 2014

5 July 2014 Amos Aikman The Australian

SOME of Australia’s best natural assets are going to waste, with tourism numbers dwindling across the Northern Territory amid concern high costs, tired infrastructure and lack of innovation could threaten northern development.

Growing the tourism industry is one of the key strategies highlighted by the federal and Territory governments in their plans to develop the north, yet figures show tourism operators had a shocking 2013.

Visitor numbers fell [...]

Article – Government Moving to Develop Regional Australia

by 19 June 2014

11 June 2014 Brendan Howe 3w News

The Abbott government is delivering on its pledge to develop Northern Australia with more investment, infrastructure, jobs, and services.

“This was a key election commitment for the Coalition. It will open the North as a new frontier for Australia—economically and socially,” Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said.

The Coalition’s vision for opening northern Australia to development is taking shape with the ]

Article – Abbott lacks broad vision for Northern Australia

by 19 June 2014

13 June 2014 Graham Tupper SBS

The federal Government’s Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia, released this week, is a mixture of grandiose plans for a new food bowl unsupported by scientific evidence, some useful policy drivers for building a more resilient economy in the north, and some glaring blind spots.

Usefully, the green paper acknowledges up front that northern Australia’s unique environmental assets are found no-where else on earth and support a multi-billion [...]