On the 14 March 2014 East Arnhem Regional Council lodged our submission to the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia's Inquiry into the Development of Northern Australia. Representing some of the most remote, isolated and disadvantaged communities in Australia, the East Arnhem Regional Council submission focuses on the impediments to growth in the northern Australia region that are specific to Council operations within our Local Government Area (LGA).
The Australian Parliament’s Joint Select Committee Northern Australia's Inquiry into the Development of Northern Australia will help to define the future of Australia’s North.
The Committee will consider government policies for developing Northern Australia, and in doing so:
examine the potential for development of the region’s mineral, energy, agricultural, tourism, defence and other industries;
identify the critical economic and social infrastructure needed to support the long term growth of the region, and ways to support planning and investment in that infrastructure.
It will look into the development of the region’s mineral, energy, agricultural, tourism, defence and other industries. Recommendations will be made in the areas of:
enhancing trade and other investment links with the Asia-Pacific region
government regulations in areas like taxation and migration that could be changed to help the development of Northern Australia
how to address the factors that can inhibit growth, like a lack of infrastructure and skill shortages
creating an environment that encourages private sector investment and innovation.
The Committee will also give Parliament recommendations for the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (government White Papers have been described as being statements of where the government wishes to go and are fairly definite in what government thinks is required to get there).
The Committee presented their final report on the 4 September 2014..