Have Your Say on Developing Northern Australia

Media Release


01 August 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has issued a reminder that feedback is being sought by the Australian Government on the Green Paper on developing northern Australia.

“Community feedback will assist in identifying emerging opportunities, generate discussion and help shape the development of northern Australia,” Mr Truss said.

“The Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia I released in June explores issues relevant to the Australian Government's vision to build on existing growth and realise northern Australia's full potential through investment, infrastructure, jobs and services.

“The government has identified a number of priority options for the future of the north, including developing a food bowl in northern Australia which could help to double Australia's agricultural output.

“We also have the opportunity to build an energy export industry worth $150 billion to the economy, with a major focus on clean and efficient energy, providing major increases to resource exports.

“It is also our goal to grow the tourist economy in northern Australia to 2 million international tourists a year.

“The Green Paper is a vision that is achievable and embraces the north's strengths and natural advantages in agriculture, cattle production, energy generation, tourism growth, education and health service expansion.

“The development of a policy paper on northern Australia was a key election commitment for the Coalition. The Paper aims to ensure the north is able to achieve its full potential through greater investment in infrastructure, jobs and services. It will open the north as a new frontier for Australia—economically and socially.

“Importantly, people across the north should seize the opportunity to have their say.”

The Green Paper sets out six policy directions to further develop northern Australia:

  • delivering economic infrastructure;
  • improving land use and access;
  • improving water access and management;
  • promoting trade and investment, and strengthening the business environment;
  • fostering education, research and innovation; and
  • enhancing governance.

Mr Truss said the Green Paper public consultation was an opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on the issues affecting northern Australia.

“So that we receive full and comprehensive community input, I encourage submissions from business, industry, peak bodies, Indigenous groups and individuals by no later than 8 August 2014,” Mr Truss said.

“Public submissions are an important step in the consultation process to achieve a policy blueprint for the development of the north to 2030,” he said.

To make a submission on the Green Paper visit northernaustralia.infrastructure.gov.au.