1L7A3715-facebookDay one of The 2016 Developing Northern Australia Conference; Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential continued the dialogue which began in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

  • Land and Water
  • Indigenous Affairs and Indigenous Business
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • International Education
  • Open Discussion

There is a need for a new culture and thinking for indigenous affairs in collaborative reform in native title, empowering traditional owners to benefit and inclusion in the development debate is crucial, keeping the key principles of Indigenous engagement real. We understand the problem and traditional owners need to own their risk.

Building indigenous business as well as the big stuff is vital with quadruple bottom line livelihoods and well-being in mind. Successful businesses require a shared cultural dialogue with a need to build networks between businesses and their supporters.

For food and agribusiness, with the rise of the global middle class, market opportunities are growing and becoming more discerning and focussed on price, quality and safety.1L7A3768-facebook

New crops adapted to Northern environments and ‘reinvented’ old crops can be better adapted and geared towards consumer needs for better returns.

New free trade agreements in key markets such as China, makes us more competitive.

In Land and Water we can increase aggregate value of water and national water initiative is critical for water based developments.

Education and health are the infrastructure for northern development. There is a need for flexibility for international education and marketing for success.

There is an opportunity to build a new city on the banks of Lake Argyle, great opportunities in Etheridge Shire for tourism & irrigated aquaculture and for sustainable energy projects such as wind farms and hydro-electricity.

Building communities with solid job growth but are also liveable for great quality of life and utilising technology for remote health.

The 2016 Developing Northern Australia Conference hosted by the Association of Sustainability in Business, brought together innovative, creative forward thinkers with a vision to develop Northern Australia for the benefit of all, creating a welcoming sustainable environment to last for years to come.1L7A3915-facebook

Below are the key outcomes from each of the Forums as summarised by the Forum Leaders.

Indigenous Affairs Forum, Forum Leader:  Peter Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru

  • A new culture and thinking in collaborative reform in native title and empowering traditional owners to benefit.
  • Real inclusion in the development debate is crucial, and the key principles of Indigenous engagement need to be real. What will be done differently this time to achieve this?
  • Cross-northern and strategic approach to the development of the Land Sector economy and major sustainable industries.
  • Towards a genuinely engaged (like previous Expert Panel) on development of the White Paper Mk 2.
  • We understand the problem, traditional owners need to own their risk

Building Indigenous Business Forum, Forum Leader:  Dr Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

  • Northern Development Agenda needs to build the small stuff (Indigenous Business) – Not just the big stuff.
  • Successful businesses require a shared cultural dialogue (e.g. across business and family/clan cultures).
  • Need to build networks between businesses and their supporters.
  • Need to build quadruple bottom line livelihoods and well-being …. Not just commercial businesses.
  • Continued focus in building non-skillset training and good governance and accountability.

Open Forum, Forum Leader:  Councillor John Wharton AM, Interim Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia

  • Opportunity to build a new city on the banks of Lake Argyle. 200, 000 people develop a large, diverse region between Darwin & the Kimberly. Utilising water and energy.
  • Great opportunities in Etheridge Shire, tourism & irrigated aquaculture.
  • Wind farms, hydro-electricity. Poor infrastructure. Vegetation Laws, Could be bigger than the Ord.
  • Communities with not only solid job growth but liveable. Plan for great quality of life in the future.
  • Infrastructure, outback way, connectivity, sealed connection.
  • Tele Health utilise technology for remote health.

Food and Agribusiness Forum, Forum Leader:  Terry Hill, A/CEO Pilbara Development Commission

  • The rise of the Global Middle Class
    • Our market opportunities are growing, they are becoming more discerning, diversifying and focussed on Price, Quality & Safety
  • We have Market Access
    • Access to these markets is growing with new free trade agreements in key markets such as China making us more competitive – lower tariffs
  • Innovation & Technology
    • A future with new crops adapted to Northern environments and ‘Reinvented’ old crops better adapted and focused on consumer needs for better returns
  • Collaboration & Cooperation
    • Research and Development
    • Meeting market demands
    • Policy and Planning
    • Share risk and benefit
    • Human capital
  • High Cost / Need High Return
    • B2B Knowledge
    • Longer term Market understanding ‘Supporting Success’

International Education Forum, Forum Leader:  Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Darwin University

  • Square pegs – the need for flexibility
  • Impact – the value of education is much more than an individual benefit
  • Where the bloody hell are you? – marketing for success
  • Growing and keeping, seducing and recruiting – education can close the deal
  • Education and health are THE infrastructure for northern development

Land and Water Forum, Forum Leader:  Peter Stone, Research Program Director, CSIRO

  • Opportunity to increase aggregate value of water
  • Indigenous forest estate undervalued
  • National water Initiative critical for water based developments
  • Tenure and Title reform can’t keep pace with development