Australia Darwin port facility boosts jobs, security
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A new port in Darwin is expected to boost jobs and help industry export more gas and critical minerals.
Campaigning in the Northern Territory on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the $1.5 billion investment at Middle Arm would make it a world-leading industrial hub for gas processing and high-value minerals processing and refinement.
"Our investment will deliver this, supporting port infrastructure, including a wharf and offloading facility, and dredging of the shipping channel," he said.
Larrakia renew calls for treaty at 50th anniversary of the raising of their flag
In 1972, Darwin's traditional owners raised their own flag and made their voices heard as they pushed for recognition. Although the Queen never got back to them, they never gave up the struggle.The Larrakia petitioned for treaty negotiation with the federal government and Queen Elizabeth II in March 1972 after raising their own flag in Darwin, emulating Captain James Cook's flag-planting and claim on Australian soil.
Darwin's existing port was controversially leased to Chinese company Landbridge for 99 years by the NT government in 2015.
Mr Joyce said Australia must become stronger and more resilient in the face of geopolitical tensions.
"This is part of our plan to become as strong as possible as quickly as possible," he said in a statement.
The plan includes $440 million to build new logistics hubs at Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek and $300 million for low-emissions LNG and clean hydrogen production at Middle Arm, together with associated carbon capture and storage infrastructure.
As well there is $200 million to further develop the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct, delivering a rail spur and new road network and $110 million to continue to upgrade and further seal the Tanami Road.
Newcastle United join the race to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez .
Nunez is one of the most sought after players in world football, with the striker having scored 31 goals in 36 games for Benfica across all competitions this season. The 22-year-old is attracting interest from the likes of PSG, Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United among many others in recent weeks.