A Fitzroy Water Workshop was held in Rockhampton on the 28 October to enable the region’s Federal Members, Michelle Landry (Capricornia), Ken O’Dowd (Flynn) and Rockhampton based Senator Matt Canavan to hear detailed information on water project concepts which they can then take to Canberra for Ministerial consideration.
A range of issues were discussed at the workshop related to harnessing water from the Fitzroy River system such as the proposed Connors River Dam, the Fitzroy Gap, Rookwood Weir, Nathan Dam and raising the height of Eden Bann Weir.
The Australian Government announced the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) in the 2015-16 Budget. It is a major initiative of the Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (Our North, Our Future) and is integral to the Government’s strategy for the north.
The NAIF will offer up to $5 billion in concessional loans over five years to encourage and complement private sector investment in economic infrastructure that otherwise would not be built. NAIF loans can be used to finance major economic projects, like airports, ports, roads, rail, energy, and water and communications infrastructure.
The Minister for Northern Australia, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, is responsible for the NAIF, supported by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
On 9 November 2015 the Government released a consultation paper which sets out its proposed policy framework for the NAIF, including the gaps that NAIF loans are intended to fill, eligibility criteria, and the characteristics of NAIF loans.
The Government is keen to get feedback from potential project proponents and other interested parties. Please provide all comments to NAIF@industry.gov.au by 30 November 2015.
Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Consultation Paper
The Growing Central Queensland (GCQ) concept was the consideration by Federal, State and Local Government, in conjunction with economic development organisations, around what was needed to further invigorate agricultural production in the Central Queensland region. The project commenced in October 2014.
The project has now been funded for an additional three years through a collaborative agreement (Department of State Development, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Department of Natural Resources and Mines), under the auspice of Regional Development Australia Fitzroy Central West. The operational funding for the project is provided by the Central Queensland Region of Councils and the CQUniversity.
Anne Stunzner has been the Project Officer for Growing Central Queensland since its inception. Recently Ed Donahue from the Department of State Development has joined the Growing Central Queensland team. Refer to the Growing Central Queensland Facebook page for more information on Anne and Ed’s career experience.
Anne Stunzner Ed Donahue
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With new roads, studies of dam sites and changes to land-use laws the Northern Australia White Paper has been filtering through to inspire new economic development opportunities. It forms the major part of the Government’s development blueprint, which is designed to make the north an “economic powerhouse”.
As part of the Australian Government’s Developing Northern Australia White Paper, the Government announced the Northern Australian Beef Roads Program, a $100 million investment upgrade to key roads necessary for transporting cattle. The Beef Roads Program is designed to improve the productivity and resilience of cattle supply chains in northern Australia.
There was a Beef Roads Roundtable discussion in Rockhampton on the 2 October with the Deputy Prime Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss MP and key stakeholders from the region. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss priorities for road infrastructure with a view to developing a list of potential roads for further consideration.