North­ern de­vel­op­ment think tank meets

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A think tank ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment policies and pri­ori­tis­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure the de­vel­op­ment of north­ern Aus­tralia has met in Broome.

The Fed­er­ally-funded North­ern Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity Al­liance (NRDAA) com­prises eight RDA’s whose re­gions make up North­ern Aus­tralia. The net­work, rep­re­sent­ing the Gas­coyne in WA to Glad­stone in cen­tral Queens­land has been meet­ing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions for al­most three years to ex­plore com­mon in­ter­ests and is­sues.

Their feedback has helped form a fed­eral White Pa­per on de­vel­op­ing north­ern Aus­tralia through bet­ter roads, se­cur­ing ac­cess to clean wa­ter, ex­plor­ing high-speed wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and at­tract­ing in­dus­try through low-in­ter­est loans.

Dur­ing its visit to Broome the al­liance dis­cussed sev­eral key mat­ters such as aqua­cul­ture, agri­cul­ture, pas­toral leases, en­ergy, and wa­ter se­cu­rity.

NRDAA Kim­ber­ley chair­man Graeme Camp­bell, a se­nior CSRIO sci­en­tist, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the de­vel­op­ment of all forms of en­ergy, par­tic­u­larly al­ter­na­tive forms.

Pic­ture: Glenn Cord­ing­ley

The Kim­ber­ley North­ern Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity Al­liance dis­cusses op­por­tu­ni­ties for North­ern Aus­tralia at a meet­ing in Broome.

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