Invest for people, not projects: report
The Federal Government should sink money into infrastructure across northern Australia that makes people want to live there rather than “pie-in-the-eye” mega projects, a report out last week shows.
Compiled by the left-leaning Australia Institute, the report into the relative economic performance of the East and West Kimberley shows little relative difference despite the presence of the Ord River project.
The institute looked at the economic performance of the two regions and their employment structures. The Ord, which has had more than $2 billion sunk into it, is in the East.
But despite its presence, agriculture employment accounts for just 9 per cent of jobs in the East Kimberley compared to 6 per cent in the West.