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Northern Australia SWA Articles

Can the NBN Bridge the Communication Divide between Regional and Metropolitan Australia?

With a third of the population living in regional Australia, a strong internet is required now more than ever to provide regional Australians with the same opportunities their metropolitan counterparts enjoy.

Regulatory Regimes for Water Resource Management

The National Water Initiative (NWI) is a market-based framework for the regulation of water resources by Australian states and territories. A basis for its principles are the lessons learnt from the challenges of cross-jurisdictional management in the Murray Darling Basin (MDB). Water resource development in northern Australia can benefit from the experience provided by the NWI and the NWI can be made a more rigorous framework if it incorporates some of the unique economic, social and environmental contexts of the north.

Does Northern Australia Need to Get Over its “Dam Phobia”?

While water storage is important for northern Australia, large in-stream dams are not the only option. Any choice between water storage options should always consider location-specific environmental aspects as well as how water may be used by people and industries and shouldn’t be driven by any ideological preference for a development infrastructure.

The Australian Space Industry Capability: A Strategy for Growth

Australia is set to make significant contributions to the international space industry in the next decade.

Climate and Rainfall in Northern Australia

The climate of northern Australia, situated in the tropics at the junction of two major oceans, is subject to various influences and drivers. A reliable supply of water is essential to the development of the region and annual rainfall must be captured to provide some of that water. Predicting future rainfall is critical to development planning but, despite detailed research and analysis, predictions remain uncertain.

Urbanisation: Risks and Opportunities for Northern Australia Development

Population density in Australian cities and urban areas is intensifying. Decentralisation strategies to counter the trend present significant and wide-ranging opportunities for economic, industrial and social expansion particularly in northern Australia.

Acid Mine Drainage: The Potential for Economic and Environmental Disaster

Acid mine drainage is a relatively simple process, but it has the potential to lead to long term environmental degradation if left untreated.

Combatting Climate Change through Community Participation

Facilitating community involvement in practical efforts to mitigate and ameliorate climate change is key to ensuring the threat is widely communicated and understood at all levels.

Zero Carbon Tourism: Opportunities for Northern Australia

Domestic and international tourists to northern Australia are showing considerable interest in community efforts to address global warming, particularly when they provide an opportunity to make a practical contribution to these projects. This may well be an environmental and economic opportunity to be further developed.

Australia’s Liquefied Natural Gas – Export Wealth and Domestic Crisis

Australia is a major player in the production and export of liquefied natural gas. So why is the country facing gas shortages and a looming domestic energy crisis?

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