Chinese developer’s billion-dollar proposal would move Sydney motorway

A wealthy Chinese developer is pushing the New South Wales Government to overhaul its plans for billions of dollars in infrastructure around Badgery’s Creek Airport to make way for a bold development proposal. The 344 hectare parcel of prime land north of Elizabeth Drive at Badgery’s Creek is owned by accused murderer Ron Medich and…

Small rural business owners pipeline contractors miss out on pay

SMALL rural business owners, subcontracted to work on the $2 billion Connections project, say a contractual dispute has left them out of pocket to the tune of about $500,000. The businesses are scattered around Cohuna and Swan Hill, where they had been subcontracted by Queensland firm Aqua Infrastructure to supply piping and machinery or carry…

China an ‘extreme’ threat to Australia: ASIO

China is listed as an “extreme” threat on a secret country-by-country counter-intelligence index compiled by Australia’s domestic spy agency. ASIO’s Deputy Director-General Counter-Espionage and Interference Peter Vickery told parliament today the level of espionage and foreign interference in Australia was now worse than at the height of the Cold War. “We do have examples, current…

Hong Kong group pays $40m for Brisbane’s Emporium hotel

.One of Brisbane’s most iconic ­hotels, the stylish Emporium in Fortitude Valley, has been picked up by Hong Kong’s Ovolo Hotels group in a deal worth about $40 million. Developed 10 years ago by Tony John of the Anthony John Group, the multi-award-winning hotel was sold in an off-market deal by CBRE Hotels national director…

Red alert: Warning as China eyes SA’s Flinders Port deal

A CHINESE corporation Landbridge that sparked a global diplomatic incident expressed interest in securing a stake in SA’s Flinders Ports, which controls a crucial Port Adelaide site near where the $50 billion future submarines will be built. The Advertiser can reveal retiring Trade and Investment Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith and SA Government bureaucrats met senior managers…

Labor plans joint ventures with China in Australia’s north

Labor could enter jointly funded infrastructure ventures with the Chinese government in Australia’s north under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, all as part of an escalated embrace of Asia, should it win the next election. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will today propose coordinating the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund with the Belt and Road…

Rise of imported seafood as commercial fishermen squeezed out

THE Central Coast has a wealth of wonderful waterways. And latest catch data shows local fish stocks are on par with a decade ago but most of the seafood on offer is imported. Amid the rush for seafood ahead of Good Friday, a traditional meat-free day, the Express Advocate can reveal­ the majority of fish…

China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo. Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much…

China eyes new Sydney airport as part of ‘belt and road’ plan

China is eyeing Sydney’s new airport as a potential project that could be linked to its trillion dollar “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure plan, according to a government-linked think tank. The interest in Sydney infrastructure follows Canberra’s decision to keep its $5 billion Northern Australia development plan separate from OBOR, despite a push from Beijing…

Aviation outrage over Chinese ownership of Merredin airport

Merredin airport in Western Australia is effectively under the control of a Chinese government enterprise, prompting outrage in aviation circles, as safety concerns shut down its pilot training school. The airport’s runways, control tower, hangars and all of its assets are 50 per cent owned, and may soon be fully owned, by China’s biggest airline,…