Six thousand new homes on Vic defence land

Thousands of new homes will be built on former defence land in Melbourne that the federal government has released for general sale. The federal government predicts 6000 homes can be built on 128 hectares of former defence land where the old Maribyrnong munitions factory operated during World War I. ‘It’s a very prominent site in…

Beekeepers concerned about risks from imported honey

Australian beekeepers have called on the federal government to investigate the risk posed to the local $100 million honey industry and bee population by the recent jump in honey imports. The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council is concerned imported honey from countries such as China and Mexico could contain live viruses and bacteria that cause…

Chinese buying big in Australian agribusiness

CHINA’S investment in Australian agribusiness has tripled in just one year as China strives to meet rising demand for high-quality food among its growing middle class. In 2016, Chinese companies invested $1.2 billion in Australian agribusiness, three times the investment of $375 million in 2015, shows a report form financial services provider KPMG and the…

Chinese to build new $1bn City between Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Chinese hands have snatched up sprawling sugar cane fields on the northern tip of Queensland’s Gold Coast with the intentions of turning the rural landscape into a new city.Songcheng Performance Development, owned by a Chinese theme park entrepreneur, is the company striking a deal to develop the Norwell Valley, which is located smack bang between…

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…

Chinese to build $1bn city on QLD coast 

Vast sugar cane lands on the northern tip of the Gold Coast have fallen into Chinese hands in a $1 billion-plus deal that could see the rural landscape transformed into a new city by a Chinese theme park entrepreneur. Chinese company Songcheng Performance Development is striking the deal to give it control over a giant…

China reports more severe form of bird flu

China is working to assess the prevalence of a new strain of H7N9 bird flu, state radio reported, after global health authorities said the strain had evolved into a more severe form in birds. So far the variant strain has only been detected in Guangdong province, but given the wide circulation of livestock and poultry…

Questions over $750 million project in koala habitat area 

A Chinese property developer closely connected to a mayor in southeast Queensland has secured approvals to build a $750 million resort in a koala habitat that the state government has said it will not oppose. The approval by Logan council, which is expected to deliver massive windfalls to developer Liansheng Yue after he bought the…