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NQ Pathfinder Action Plan
The NQ Region Pathfinder Project has brought together the knowledge and experience of local leaders and stakeholders to develop a plan, which capitalises on the region’s strengths, for the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQ-ROC) through its Regional Economic Development Sub-committee (RED-ROC). This project is based on the partnership between The Regional Australia Institute and Queensland Government Department of State Development and Department of Education and Training, Townsville City Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Townsville Enterprise Ltd and Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland.
The action plan focusses economic resources on six priority areas which are:
- Tourism growth
- Asia gateway expansion
- Human resources growth
- More entrepreneurs
- Lifting workforce skills
- Value add for agriculture
The NQ Pathfinder Action Plan is designed to refresh the North Queensland Economic Development Plan 2014 – 2031 (NQ2031).
MITEZ 50-Year Freight Infrastructure Plan / Final Report / May 2012
The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee has been a partner with MITEZ and several other regional stakeholders, with the support of Infrastructure Australia, to develop the MITEZ 50-Year Freight Infrastructure Plan Final Report.
RDA contributed funds and was an active member of the Working Group to develop the Plan. The Plan addresses the growth forecasts of freight in the region and the challenges facing the Mount Isa to Townsville supply chain and the region it supports. The goal is to increase productivity and attract investment into infrastructure to ensure well-managed, sustainable growth can occur.
The North West Regional Plan 2010-2031
Released by former Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe in Mount Isa on 10 August 2010, the plan is the Queensland Government’s long-term strategy for shaping the region over the 20-year period to 2031. The plan will help create a diverse local economy, protect the region’s lifestyle and environment, inform the delivery of educational and training opportunities and support healthy and safe communities.
The plan applies to five local government areas:
- Cloncurry Shire Council
- Flinders Shire Council
- McKinlay Shire Council
- Mount Isa City Council
- Richmond Shire Council
Other Publications and Reports
Trade and Investment
Northern Australia Development
The Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Minister for Trade and Investment launched the Northern Australia White Paper “Our North, Our Future: A vision for developing Northern Australia” on the 18th of June 2015.
The White Paper is a vision to unlock the potential and opportunities of the north. It focuses on building priority roads, development water resources, removing red tape, building a sustainable workforce and ensuring effective governance arrangements. The paper concerned parts of Australia north of the Tropic of Capricorn, from Western Australia, through the Northern Territory and into Queensland.
The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan, delivered his first annual statement progress of the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia on 11 October 2016.
The Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon. Keith Pitt MP delivered the latest statement to parliament, 2020 Annual Statement on Developing Northern Australia, on the 28th October 2020.
The Office of Northern Australia (ONA) leads northern Australia agenda initatives and policy and operates as a branch in the Northern Australia and Major Projects Division, Department of Industry, Science and Energy and Resources and reports to the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.
ONA’s role and responsibilities include:
- coordinating implementation of the Our North Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia
CRCNA is investing $75m of Commonwealth funds over ten years to support industry-led research collaborations. The funding will develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in Northern Australia within three initial focus areas:
- Agriculture and food (including aquaculture, horticulture and forestry)
- Northern Australia health service delivery
- Traditional Owner-led business development
The NAIF offers up to $5 billion over five years in concessional finance to encourage and complement private sector investment in infrastructure that benefits northern Australia.
With legislative changes forecast for 2021, RDA collaborated with NAIF to host two webinars. These webinars will introduce you to NAIF, exploring the goals of NAIF, how it works and what the upcoming changes are.
Download a copy of the Presentation Pack below or watch the two webinars to learn more.