Annual Developing Northern Australia Conference

Initiatives for Progress, Growth and Investment

In 2017 the Developing Northern Australia Conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel on 19 and 20 June.

Following the highly successful conferences in Townsville in 2015 and Darwin in 2016 and the implementation of the government White Paper, the focus of the 2017 conference will be on initiatives to drive progress, growth and investment in the development of northern Australia.

Topics to be presented and discussed include 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.

With a Program including feature speakers discussing the key issues, session presentations from industry leaders on specialist topic areas, thought provoking forums, sector exhibitions and networking events, this is a must attend conference.



Full registration includes all conference sessions and keynotes, morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas, welcome function, conference materials including handbook and the on-line book of abstracts as well as access to the book of proceedings and presenter podcasts, post conference.

Early Bird Registrations Close: Friday 12 May 2017

Featured Speakers 2017

  • Professor Hurriyet Babacan, CEO, Tablelands Regional Council
  • Mr Mark Coffey, Head, Office of Northern Australia
  • Mr Philip Davies, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
  • Ms Tracey Hayes, CEO, Northern Territory Cattlemans Association
  • Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President, James Cook University
  • Fiona Jose, Executive General Manager, Cape Operations, Cape York Partnership
  • Mr Bernard Salt, AM, Partner, KPMG
  • Ms Sharon Warburton, Chair, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
  • Mr Peter Yu, CEO, Nyamba Buru Yawuru

Invited Featured Presenters

  • Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier, Queensland Government

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

Major Business Partners 2017



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