Annual Developing Northern Australia Conference

Initiatives for Progress, Growth and Investment

The Developing Northern Australia Conference was held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Cairns was chosen as the destination for this annual conference following on from Townsville in 2015 and Darwin in 2016 and focused on the theme of Progress, Growth and Investment in driving initiatives in the development of northern Australia.

Topics presented and discussed included land and water; food and agribusiness; forestry; resources and energy; tourism and hospitality; international education; healthcare and medical research; infrastructure; workforce opportunities; indigenous-led northern development; and developing strategic links as the Gateway to Asia.

The program featured speakers that discussed the key opportunities and challenges in progressing northern Australia through growth and investment whilst the session presentations from industry leaders will focus on specialist topic areas.  This brought together delegates from all over Australia to include thought provoking forums, opportunities to network at events and throughout the exhibitor floor and learn more about the influences and factors in developing northern Australia.

Featured Speakers 2017

Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • Professor Hurriyet Babacan, CEO, Tablelands Regional Council
  • Mr Luke Bowen, General Manager, Northern Australia Development and Trade, NT Department of Trade Business and Innovation
  • Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia – (pre-recorded)
  • Mr Andrew Dickson, Director, Office of Northern Australia
  • Mr Philip Davies, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
  • Mr Eddie Fry, Board Chair, Indigenous Land Corporation
  • Ms Tracey Hayes, CEO, Northern Territory Cattlemans Association
  • Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President, James Cook University
  • Ms Fiona Jose, Executive General Manager, Cape Operations, Cape York Partnership
  • Ms Sheriden Morris, Chair, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia
  • Mr Joe Morrison, CEO, Northern Land Council
  • Ms Gina Rinehart, Chairman, Hancock Prospecting (pre-recorded)
  • Mr Bernard Salt, AM, Partner, KPMG
  • Ms Sharon Warburton, Chair, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

It's time for ANDEV policies to invigorate our North

Video Address by Mrs Gina Rinehart

Conference Program

Conference Program Committee

  • Dr Allan Dale, Conference Chair, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
  • Professor Scott Bowman, Vice Chancellor, Central Queensland University
  • Mark Coffey, Head, Office of Northern Australia
  • Terry Hill, CEO, Pilbara Development Commission
  • Fiona Jose, Executive General Manager, Cape Operations, Cape York Partnership
  • Jason Schoolmeester, Executive Director, Major Projects, Northern Australia Development Office
  • Professor Ruth Wallace, Director of the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University
  • Laurie Walker, CEO, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Who Should Attend?

With such wide ranging consequences for Australia, the Conference will appeal to all who are forward thinking and support a resilient Australia. In particular:

  • Federal Government inter-agency representatives
  • State Government representatives from QLD, WA and NT
  • Local Government representatives including CEO, General Managers, Mayors and Elected Officials
  • Economic and Community Development Managers and Groups
  • Sustainability and Environment Groups
  • Organisations representing indigenous affairs
  • Town Planners, Architects, Builders, Project Managers and Engineers
  • Chamber of Commerce, RDA and Economic Development Groups
  • Banking, Finance and others interested in Economic Development
  • Academics and Researchers, Education Bodies with representation in Northern Australia
  • Local Business Owners and Managers
  • Resource Sector, Tourism Operators and Agricultural bodies
  • Northern Australia Special Interest Groups

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