Big potential for growth in East Arnhem Land

ABC Rural

The head of a development body in Nhulunbuy believes the region is well poised to capitalise on potential agriculture and aquaculture ventures.

Rio Tinto’s decision to curtail the local alumina refinery in 2014 meant more than 1,000 people lost their jobs and the town took a huge economic hit.

Developing East Arnhem Land, which was created last year as a result of the curtailment, has been pitching to the major projects conference in Darwin this week.

CEO Carley Scott said there were a number of opportunities for investment in projects beyond mining.

“There’s been a big move in East Arnhem Land where we’ve seen people go through a really tough period and now come out the other side to a large degree,” she said.

“We can look at the port infrastructure that we’ve got there and what we can do with aquaculture in particular, agriculture as well.

“Whether it’s beef product that we already have there or… the crocodile industry, which is of interest to us.”

Ms Scott said there were a number of challenges that needed to be overcome to achieve the development sought, including access to land.

“If you’re looking to access land to develop, there is certainly commercial land available so that’s a real positive,” she said.

“You’re looking to build those partnerships… so you’ve got those really strong networks and the ability to really work well in the region.”

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ACCC establishes Agricultural Enforcement and Engagement Unit for rural and regional Australia

Original article published in PS News 

A new unit is to be established in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to improve the Commission’s engagement with rural and regional industries, small businesses and consumers.

ACCCAccording to the ACCC, the Government has agreed to a new Agricultural Enforcement and Engagement Unit with additional staff to conduct investigations and engagement in rural and regional areas.

Acting Chair of the ACCC, Delia Rickard said the Unit would focus on breaches that affected farmers and small businesses, particularly cartels, misuse of market power and misleading or unconscionable conduct.

“The ACCC will strengthen its engagement with agricultural industries to understand factors effecting competition in rural and regional markets,” Ms Rickard said.

“This will also enable the ACCC to better explain its decisions to farmers and regional small businesses.”

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Mayor of Dubbo to present on the NBN at the Australian Regional Development Conference


The Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Mathew Dickerson, will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Mathew Dickerson

Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Mathew Dickerson

Speaker Bio:   Councillor Mathew Dickerson has a small business career that goes back to when he was aged 12 when he started his first small business, and has since started a total of 6 small businesses.

He has a long history of success in small business both from a financial perspective but also winning many awards. Among some of the major awards collected Mathew has the Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year, the Australian Business Council Award for Innovation and the Small Business Champions Award as the best IT business in Australia.

Mathew still retains ownership of two small businesses but spends his time writing and talking about small business with the most successful of his three books called Small Business Ru!es. He also writes a monthly column for a nationwide magazine, a fortnightly column for an American magazine and appears as a permanent guest on the nationwide Tony Delroy show to discuss small business concepts.

In his spare time he spends time with his wife and four children, he is an active member of Mensa, races Mountain Bikes and has served his local community as their Mayor since 2011.

Presentation Title:   Is the NBN the saviour of Regional Australia?

Presentation Overview: A population concentration map of Australia from the early 1900s showed many population centres across the nation. In essence, people needed to live where they worked. Along came the motor car – and then air travel – and a population concentration map of Australia today is vastly different with minimal population centres away from the coastal capitals. Overwhelmingly people are now choosing where they lived based on the hard to define quality of ‘amenity’. In short, for regional Australia to attract people, towns and cities across the nation must offer equivalent – or better – services and infrastructure to what major cities offer. The NBN is a key piece of this magical quality of ‘amenity’ and, if your town or city is connected to the NBN, how can you leverage off that to grow your population and GDP.

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