Northern Australia Forum in Darwin

On Monday, July 22, interested parties from the Darwin region will have the chance to have their say on the Coalitions 2030 Vision for the Development of Northern Australia.

Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said the Darwin forum was the fourth in a series of nine across Northern Australia.

Three weeks ago Tony Abbott released a paper on where the Coalition wants to see Northern Australia in 2030 and how we plan to get there so that we can ensure that Northern Australia finally gets the chance to develop to its full potential for the benefit of all Australians, Senator Macdonald said.

Our commitment is to consult with stakeholders across Northern Australia, to explain our vision and invite their input, and within 12 months of being elected should we win the election, to produce a fully costed White Paper on exactly how we will achieve our vision by 2030.

The Coalitions Vision Paper addresses the enormous opportunities and challenges for Northern Australia in the years ahead, and outlines a range of possible initiatives to take advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges.

Solomon MP Natasha Griggs will co-hostthe Darwin Forum and said she was excited to be part of this Vision for Northern Australia and was determined to see Darwin involved.

"We believe that by 2030 Northern Australia could drive growth by: developing as a food bowl which could help to double Australias food output; increasing the number of international tourists to two million; building an energy export industry and encouraging advanced manufacturing and downstream processing; establishing medical centres of excellence; creating hubs for vocational and higher education campuses; growing Australias exports of technical skills in resources and agriculture," Ms Griggs said

We understand that money will be very tight, but we believe that government leadership, encouragement and stability will promote private sector investment, Senator Macdonald said.

The job for a Coalition government will be to create the right climate and environment to encourage the establishment of viable enterprises and new activities.

The Darwin forum will be held at the Museum of the Northern Territory theatrette, Conacher Street, Fannie Bay, from 10 am to midday.

Future forums will be held in Kununnurra July 22, Broome July 23, Karratha July 24 and Hughenden July 26.

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