Adani mine granted unlimited water access 

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear would allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin. According to a copy of Adani’s water licence obtained by Fairfax Media, the $16 billion Carmichael mine merely needs to…

Adani mine granted unlimited water: to impact Great Artesian Basin 

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear would allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin. According to a copy of Adani’s water licence obtained by Fairfax Media, the $16 billion Carmichael mine merely needs to…

Aussies accepting farm sales to China,   claims Australia-China Relations 

Australians are not as opposed to Chinese investors buying local farms and agricultural assets as often claimed, the Australia-China Relations Institute said. Institute deputy director James Laurenceson said a survey by the group showed the Australian public was more nuanced and sophisticated about the benefits and disadvantages of greater foreign investment in agriculture by Chinese…

Chinese New Year tipped to bring property buyers from China to Melbourne

CASHED-up property buyers from China are expected to flock to Melbourne next week, as Saturday’s Chinese New Year kicks off one of their peak househunting periods. Australia, and Melbourne in particular, are tipped to be top destinations during this year’s “Chinese Lunar New Year Golden Week” — a week-long national holiday when millions of Chinese…

WOULD YOU PAY TO VISIT FRIENDS AT A CARAVAN PARK?

When a caravan park in Queensland tried to charge a visitor $5 per person to have lunch with his friends staying in the caravan park, he hit the roof! Recently, we had some friends pull into a caravan park for a few days at Rollingstone, Qld, just north of Townsville where we reside. So we…

Tasmanian council considers welcome signs in Chinese 

Welcome signs in Mandarin may soon greet Chinese visitors travelling through Tasmania’s east coast tourism hotspots. Break O’Day Council wants to put out the welcome mat to the booming Chinese tourism sector with traditional welcome and farewell town signs in Mandarin. Tourism is a huge economic driver in the municipality which contains areas like the…

Chinese plan $400m Gold Coast theme park

Chinese theme park operator Songcheng has unveiled plans to build a $400 million theme park on the Gold Coast in the company’s first move to overseas markets, as major Chinese companies tap into increasing demand for tourism offerings from both local and international travellers. Songcheng Performance Development, which is little known in Australia, is controlled…

Tourism deal to showcase WA in China promoted to millions of Chinese 

WA has secured a lucrative marketing agreement that will result in the State and its attractions being promoted to millions of Chinese travellers each year. The deal with China’s online travel service Alitrip was signed in Hangzhou last week. Information about WA attractions, destinations and deals will be posted on the alitrip.com website, which is…