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12 October 2000 M180i/2000

TOP END PRESENCE AT THE NORTHERN AUSTRALIA FORUM

Representatives from business, local government, planning organisations, and indigenous communities from Katherine, Darwin and Nhullunbuy and surrounding areas will participate in a major economic and sustainable development Forum to be held in Katherine in October.

The Northern Australia Forum will address the concerns of the top end region, as well as highlight the positive steps being taken for future development of the region.

Senator Ian Macdonald, Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government said the Northern Australia Forum aimed to identify the future direction for northern Australia, particularly in terms of economic development and emerging industry opportunities.

"Planning for the sustainable future of all people in northern Australia is the key focus of the Forum, which is designed to map out an agenda for growth in the north for the next decade or two.

The Forum will provide an avenue to showcase the top end regions’ tourism efforts to other regions as successful community driven projects.

The Forum is an opportunity to raise the profile of issues facing the future development of the top end, and to formulate some actions to address concerns.

Critical issues that top end community representatives will raise during the forum include: Telecommunications; Transport and Infrastructure; Labour market and Industry Training; Taxation; Higher Education; Defence; Tourism; Land; Social and Community Development; Health; and Research and Development.

Local representation at the Forum will include: Peter Cole of Borroloola Community Government Council, Dave Suton of Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited, Clair O’Brien of the Australian Women in Agriculture, Migel Scullion of the Australian Seafood Industry Council, Karmi Dunn of the NT Area Consultative Committee, and Steve Morris of NT Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Macdonald said priorities identified within regions during a series of local consultations had been used to determine the agenda of the Northern Australia Forum.

"The Forum will allow representatives at the Federal, State and Local level to listen and respond to issues identified as important for the growth of northern Australia."

"This is also an opportunity for Northern Australia to sell itself to investors and decision makers, to make those groups aware of the contribution this region makes to our national wealth and the opporutnities available in the North," Senator Macdonald said.

The Northern Australia Forum will be held from 17-20 October.

Further information is available from: www.dotrs.gov.au/regional/northern_forum

Media Contact: David Moore: (07) 4771 3066 / (0417) 774 724

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