Developing-the-NorthWith only ten days to go until The Developing Northern Australia Conference; Above the Lineunleashing the north’s potential, the dialogue which began in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia continues.

The Conference to be held on 20-22 June 2016 at Darwin Convention Centre provides a platform for business, industry, academics, NGOs, special interest groups, indigenous communities and all levels of Government to participate in shaping Australia’s future, participants will have input into the future of Northern Australia. There will be optional tours offered on Wednesday 23rd June to Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm and Arafura Timor Research Facility. CLICK HERE to book your place on one of the tours.

With a focus on building economic diversity, this year’s conference program includes a wide range of topics, covering the many issues facing sustainable development of the region.

Comprising 12 forums chaired by leaders in their respective field and based on the Top Actions Summary this high level conference poses the questions; what progress has been made? What barriers exist for development and how will they be overcome? What resources are needed and where are the investment opportunities?

Forums include discussions on developing Land and Water; Business, Trade and Investment; Infrastructure; Food and Agribusiness; and Tourism for the region. CLICK HERE to view the Program. Other Forums will address Workforce Opportunities and Challenges; Industry Working with Defence; Indigenous Affairs; International Education; Tropical Health; and Governance.

With nine keynote speakers and 85 forum speakers over two days, the Conference is a great opportunity for participants to collaborate and take part in the development of the North.

The Hon Adam Giles, Chief Minister  Northern Territory will provide the Conference Welcome and the Opening Address will be delivered by the Chair designate Independent Board of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, Ms Sharon Warburton.

With Keynote Speakers Mr Peter Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru discussing the sharing of risk and managing opportunities – a new way of doing business in the north and the Hon John Brumby, National President, Australia China Business Council discussing the role of China in unleashing the north’s potential, the conference provides a platform for a broad range of views and issues to be presented.

Concept reality will be discussed by Keynote Speaker Mr Tony Eyres, Senior Investment Specialist from Austrade, and Professor Clare Martin, Chair of the Territory Natural Resource Management will talk about how Northern Development needs a sustainable environment.

Keynote Speaker Professor Ruth Wallace, Director, Northern Institute Charles Darwin University, will present on workforce development that supports economic investment in remote northern Australia and creating a workforce to meet the needs of the North.

Keynote Speakers Mr Chris Wilson, President, Conoco Phillips Australia Business Unit West, will present on the LNG Industry and sustainable northern development and Mr Russell Barnett, Australian Venture Consultants will discuss Developing Northern Australia – a perspective from those residing in the west.