Developing Northern Australia

Developing Northern Australia

Nov 14
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The Hon. Warren Entsch MP, Chair, Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia
Brett Blanchett, General Manager, Liveringa Station Beef
The Hon. Brendon Grylls MLA, Member for Pilbara
William Witham, Manager North West and Kimberley, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Event overview

With extensive mineral and energy reserves, iconic wilderness, vast pastoral lands and proximity to South East Asia, northern Australia could account for nearly 42 per cent of the Australian economy by 2040. 

Yet, the region’s isolation, infrastructure deficiencies, high costs, lack of skilled labour, inhospitable climate, sensitive environments and vulnerable Indigenous communities create a multitude of challenges that will not be easy to overcome.

The Green Paper that will help to shape the White Paper identified six possible policy directions:

  • Delivering economic infrastructure
  • Improving land use and access
  • Improving water access and management
  • Promoting trade and investment, and strengthening the business environment
  • Fostering education, research and innovation
  • Enhancing governance

CEDA’s panel of experts will discuss their views on these topics and provide their suggestions on the best way forward to transform the vision of a thriving north into a reality.

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Warren Entsch MP
Chair, Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia

Meet the panel

Brett Blanchett
General Manager, Liveringa Station Beef

The Hon. Brendon Grylls MLA
Member for Pilbara

William Witham
Manager North West and Kimberley, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Meet the facilitator

Nicole Lockwood
Director, KPMG; Board Member, Infrastructure Australia

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