Plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park land, Chinese developers to build accommodation exclusive for wealthy tourist

NEARLY 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the recommendations of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released this afternoon are approved. The EIS details plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park and place it in the hands of Chinese company, Whitehorse Developments, which will create exclusive accommodation for wealthy tourists. The…

Qatar’s $500m food bank farms in Australia

The murky world of Middle Eastern politics, Islamic extremists and terrorism seems far away as a mob of sheep with young lambs at foot quietly graze the daisy-flecked paddocks of Barton ­Station against a backdrop of ­Victoria’s spectacular Grampian ranges. Experienced agribusiness boss John McKillop hopes it stays that way. Mr McKillop heads Hassad Australia,…

Wycheproof farms sold to Chinese-backed company Rifa Salutary

THE rapid rise of Chinese-backed pastoral company Rifa Salutary as a major agricultural player continues, with its purchase of two farms at Wycheproof in an investment worth about $9 million. Rifa Salutary chief executive David Goodfellow confirmed the purchase of Kulwin Park and McNicholl’s, covering 4534ha, from father and son vendors Murray and Mich­ael Stapleton….

Concerns for biosecurity risks as raw prawn imports resume

INDUSTRY leaders fear the Government has bowed to ­foreign pressure and rushed a decision to resume raw prawn imports from 7th July , exposing the country to further biosecurity risks. Raw prawn imports were suspended for six months on January 6 as an outbreak of white spot disease spread through farms on the Logan River,…

Australia lifts ban on Vietnam raw shrimp

 Australia has lifted the ban it imposed in January on uncooked Vietnamese shrimp products. Vietnamese companies may resume importing raw prawns caught in Australia for processing and export them to Australia for consumption. The department “will be accepting permit applications for uncooked Australian wild caught prawns exported to Vietnam for processing and re-imported into Australia…

Chinese government trade bank may get mortgage over Darwin port

The Chinese owner of the Port of Darwin is using the port as security to seek a $500 million loan from the Chinese government’s trade bank.Private Chinese company  Landbridge is seeking the loan from the Chinese government’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM) to prop up the firm’s ailing Australian operations, which include an $880,000 yearly consulting fee…

Fears proposal to allow lime imports could jeopardise Australian lime industry 

There are fears the Australian lime industry could be jeopardised by a Federal Government plan to allow the import of Tahitian limes from five Pacific nations. The Department of Agriculture’s draft report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fruit from the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu proposes that imports be permitted….

Almost one in five homes built in Australia are unoccupied

Australia’s record-breaking residential construction boom has done little to ease housing affordability in Australia’s largest cities, perhaps it’s because many of the homes built are currently unoccupied. Regardless of whether they were purchased by locals or foreign investors, close to one in five new dwellings built over that period was unoccupied on census night, according…