Ministerial Forum meets in Kununurra

The Ministerial Forum: (left to right) Nicole Manison, Nigel Scullion, Coralee O’Rourke, Matt Canavan, Alannah MacTiernan, Michael Gunner, Keith Pitt and Selena Uibo

The Ministerial Forum on Northern Development met in Kununurra in the far north west of Western Australia on 18 April.

It brought together Ministers and their representatives from the Australian, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments with a focus on improving strategic economic infrastructure in the north and supporting Indigenous business, innovation and growth.

The forum released a Communiqué outlining the positive outcomes of the meeting.

It also endorsed a Development Statement for Northern Australia as a guide to the collaborative development of a resilient northern economy.

The forum included:

  • Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan (chair)
  • Australian Government Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion
  • Australian Government Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt
  • Northern Territory Chief Minister and Minister for Northern Australia, Michael Gunner
  • Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Nicole Manison
  • Northern Territory Assistant Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Selena Uibo
  • Western Australia Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan
  • Queensland Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, Coralee O’Rourke.

The Indigenous Reference Group and the Northern Australian Advisory Council, which provide advice to the forum and the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, also met in Kununurra in the lead-up to the forum. The Indigenous Reference Group met with the forum on 18 April.

The first meeting of the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development was held in September 2017 in Darwin and its next meeting will be held in late 2018 in Queensland.

Read the Kununurra forum media release.

Image: The Ministerial Forum: (left to right) Nicole Manison, Nigel Scullion, Coralee O’Rourke, Matt Canavan, Alannah MacTiernan, Michael Gunner, Keith Pitt and Selena Uibo.

Published: 27 April 2018