Regional reports


 


Gladstone
They call it Environopolis and if you think really big, think really far ahead, and live long enough it's going to be really something!

It has dredged its harbour to take the biggest capesize ships while Melbourne's channel languishes. It has its own mini Alameda corridor zipping trains and trucks, gas and electricity under and through its CBD while Sydney's Enfield and Macarthur rail lines are still dreams.

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Gladstone

Our affiliate in Australia, Archie Bayvel, a veteran financial writer with an Indiana Jones research style, tells us that a sleepy little village port in subtropical Australia is about to become the world's first new heavy-industry metropolis outside China.

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Tasmania
Where everything in the garden seems just lovely except for the trains and a thing called the FES

Tasmania is the Monaco of Australia - a small principality with a life of its own that is so different to the rest of Australia that it sometimes resembles an independent country.

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The North-West
A true story of massive wealth, dust, chaos, and barmaids in bikinis

What can be more corrupting that the word "billion" when used with $ signs? After one has looked on a $12 billlion project and heard about one on its way worth $50 billion even grand projects worth four, five, even 500 million dollars seem of little account.

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The Top End builds up...

Our Northern Territory is another world and Darwin more "other" than the rest of it put together. Right now - in The Dry - the city has a hint of frontier paradise with warm days and balmy nights when thrilling music from open-air bars and cafes under their banyan and fig trees rocks the pants off their hundreds of after-dark denizens.

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Port Lincoln
A blazing example of a community that manages its resources to create astounding wealth

Compared to scores of country towns Port Lincoln is one to die for. While other communities love their stores, their banks, the post office, and finally their young people, the two main streets alone in this little port of only 15,000 people have 27 banks, financial planners, lawyers and real estate agents.

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Port Kembla
Classic drama, a modern fairytale with a touch of Brigadoon, or a dream that might come true?

What's happening at Port Kembla should be easily understood by everyone. In fact it is obscured by conjecture, uncertainty, unresolved discontent, and a fair amount of stirring.

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The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
On the brink

This is an update on what was once the world's biggest civil engineering project - the fantastically fertile Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and its major towns of Griffith and Leeton - as it moves closer to the unimaginable after seven years without rain.

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