$5 billion funding bill for the North ready to go

THE draft legislation to enable the flow of $5 billion into projects in Northern Australia has been released and this is a welcome step in developing jobs and opportunities for the north. This exposure draft legislation for the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) paves the way for the flow of funding into the development of infrastructure, so that this region and other parts of Northern Australia can reach the potential we know is there. Northern Australia holds the country’s rich reserves of energy and resources, it has many thousands of hectares of arable land if we get the right water infrastructure, like Urannah Dam, in place, and we have world-class tourist attractions.

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Whitsundays switches on to NBN

MAY 3, 2016: THE WHITSUNDAYS is wired and ready for NBN action with the first of 6,400 premises across Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket and Mandalay able to order a Fibre to the Node service this month. There will be a progressive switch on over the next…

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‘Big fish’ in labour hire rort caught in Bowen

CONGRATULATIONS must go to Border Force officials on the successful apprehension of dodgy labour hire contractors in Bowen, some who were sourcing illegal workers and sending sizeable sums of money offshore. Some of the ringleaders of a labour hire racket were seized last week; it appears there were four dodgy contractors and two illegal workers apprehended and they are now in immigration detention.

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Grants available for business incubators

GRANTS of between $10,000 and $500,000 are now available for existing and new business incubators across the region to help local start-ups access advice, capital and gain valuable connections. The $23 million Incubator Support initiative will provide matching grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 for the creation of new incubators in regions or business sectors with strong links to international trade, and for existing, high-performing incubators to expand their services. This initiative is focused on bringing local businesses together, through an incubator, to increase collaboration and local knowledge.

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