#GoQld: Encouraging people to relocate to regions will help Queensland propser

A quirk of history has seen Australia – and Queensland in particular – develop differently to other similar countries around the world. Instead of having cities of varying size, from major metropolitan hubs to mid-sized cities and smaller provincial centres, much of the population is concentrated in Sydney, Melbourne and …

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Adelaide Hills brewery introduces Australia’s first lentil beer

In an era when brewers are experimenting with an increasing array of ingredients, an Adelaide Hills brewery is today releasing the country’s first lentil beer. “It’s something exciting, it’s something new,” said Alistair Turnbull from Lobethal Bierhaus. “It’s used extensively in food so why shouldn’t it be in beer?” Mr …

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Freak storm destroys horticulture and cereal crops, leaving farmers with no income.

More than 12 months’ production and the livelihoods of some producers across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales has been lost after a freak storm and a ‘mini tornado’ struck on Friday night. Huge hail stones and winds up to 100 kilometres per hour ravaged the region, damaging fruit, …

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Regional Business Showcase – Panel Discussion

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016. The conference theme Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future. On Day …

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Poppy project set to bloom and boom for NSW agriculture?

POPPY processor TPI Enterprises says planting in NSW could begin as early as April if legislation passes parliament as expected. But farmer representatives say the company’s five-year, 5000-hectare poppy vision for NSW will be a slow burn – rather than an immediate boost – for the state’s $12 billion agriculture …

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Rocky to become home to a $140m new urban university village

The Morning Bulletin Hundreds of jobs and development opportunities in the Rockhampton area are on the horizon with the announcement today the Palaszczuk Government is seeking a development partner to transform the Central Queensland University (CSU) campus into a $140 million vibrant urban village. The Deputy Premier and Minister for …

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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 …

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Indonesia to import 200,000 Australian cattle

ABC Rural The Indonesian Government has released permits to import 200,000 head of feeder cattle from Australia over the next three months, providing a huge boost to northern Australia’s live cattle trade. New Trade Minister Thomas Lambong has acted on a recommendation from the nation’s Ministry of Agriculture, to drastically …

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Regions need to engage with Asia to entice investors

The Morning Bulletin, 10 September 2015. According to Regional Australia Institute chief executive Jack Archer, a sophisticated strategy is needed to help regional councils, like those in Central Queensland, with the right resources and to build the confidence to engage with Asia. “We’ve got great produce, we’re clean and green, …

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