Professor Nick Klomp, Vice-Chancellor, Central Queensland University. Supplied
Professor Nick Klomp, Vice-Chancellor, Central Queensland University. Supplied

How CQ leader will shape the future of Northern Australia

CQUNIVERSITY'S Nick Klomp is among a panel of advisers appointed by the Federal Government to lead development in Northern Australia.

The CQUni Vice Chancellor, President and Professor was appointed as one of eight members to the Advisory Group on Northern Australia, to help develop a new five-year plan for development in the north.

The Advisory Group will provide expert advice to the Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt and the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development.

Other members include Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane, James Cook University Professor of Tropical Regional Development Allan Dale, former WA government minister Tom Stephens, Banunabu eco-retreat managing director and co-founder Helen Martin, NAB managing partner for regional and agribusiness in the NT Angela Tomazos and Yarrie Station owner and manager Annabelle Coppin.

Regional Development Australia Townsville and North Queensland CEO Glenys Schunter will chair the group.

Minister Pitt will drive the development of a new five year plan for Northern Australia, for the next phase of development under the 2015 White Paper on Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

"The Coalition Government is committed to building long-term, sustainable economic development and jobs across Northern Australia, to build on the 20-year framework outlined in the Our North, Our Future white paper," Minister Pitt said.

"The Advisory Group is being established at a very important time for the nation, coinciding with the impact of COVID19 here in Australia and around the world.

"Northern Australia, and the many opportunities it provides, will be extremely important to the economic recovery from the coronavirus impacts and members of the Advisory Group will play a key role in giving high-level advice to the government as we develop the new five-year plan.

"The Group brings a great diversity of expertise and experience on economic development across Northern Australia.

"I'm particularly pleased that Glenys Schuntner has agreed to chair the Advisory Group. As the current Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia for Townsville and North Queensland, Ms Schuntner brings solid experience in dealing with a range of stakeholders to deliver positive outcomes for communities across Northern Australia.

"I congratulate the members of the Advisory Group on their appointment and look forward to working with them to create a stronger economy, more jobs and an even better lifestyle across Northern Australia."

Assistant Minister for Northern Australia Michelle Landry said the members had been appointed for 12 months while the new five-year plan for Northern Australia was developed.

"The Advisory Group has been appointed on the basis of their individual knowledge and substantial experience," Minister Landry said.

"Their strength is in their collective background in driving economic growth and positive change across the north."