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West Kimberley NAIF loan third to support Western Australia

NAIF today announced its latest Investment Decision, to help finance the development of the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project, one of the world’s largest and highest-grade zircon and titanium dioxide deposits located in the remote West Kimberly region.

ASX Announcement NAIF Approves Loan Facilities Totalling A$95m

19 September 2018

Sheffield Resources Limited is pleased to advise that the NAIF Board has made an Investment Decision to offer financial assistance to support the development of the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, via the provision of long term debt facilities totalling A$95 million.

ASX Announcement Kalium Lakes progressing discussions for Financial Support from NAIF

13 September 2018

Kalium Lakes Limited is pleased to advise that the NAIF has indicated it will investigate the potential for it to provide debt finance for the Beyondie Sulphate Of Potash Project (Beyondie SOP Project) and associated infrastructure of benefit to nearby pastoral stations, resource companies and indigenous communities.

ASX Announcement Agrimin Limited – Discussions with NAIF for Project Funding

12 September 2018

Agrimin Limited is pleased to advise that the NAIF Board has expressed its interest in investigating the potential for NAIF support for the Mackay Sulphate of Potash  Project in Western Australia.

$150 million infrastructure investment to bring growth opportunities to the Top End

NAIF’s largest investment to date is one step closer with the announcement of the prospective investment of a $150 million loan to Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd (NTA).

Lithium mine road upgrade brings faster, safer trucking

NAIF’s second Investment Decision to benefit Western Australia is to finance the upgrade of a public road leading to one of the world’s largest lithium ore deposits. It will provide multi-user benefits for years to come.

ASX Announcement Pilbara Minerals Limited – Strong Financial Support Continues to Build for the Pilgangoora Project

28 August 2018

Momentum builds for Stage 2 of the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum project as US$15 million working capital and foreign exchange hedge facilities are secured with globally recognised bank, BNP Paribas and a A$19.5 million concessional loan facility is approved by the Australian Government’s NAIF.

 World class education more attainable with NAIF loan

NAIF has made its first Investment Decision on a Queensland project, to offer a $96 million loan to James Cook University.

Genex receives Indicative Term Sheet from NAIF for up to $516 million of concessional debt financing for the Kidston Stage 2 Project

NAIF has expressed its support for the development of the financing structure for Genex’s Kidston Stage 2 Project through the provision of an indicative term sheet for a long-term concessional NAIF debt facility for up to $516 million.

Western Australia signs for Onslow investment

The Onslow Marine Support Base (OMSB) financing through the NAIF has reached a key stage, with the signing of loan documents for the project by the Western Australian government, as the lender of record.

First NT project will take more Barramundi to the world

Northern Australia’s aquaculture industry has received a major boost following NAIF’s first Investment Decision in the Northern Territory, for a loan to Humpty Doo Barramundi Pty Ltd.

Statement by NAIF Board

NAIF has announced that its Chair, Ms Sharon Warburton has stepped down from her role due to family health challenges, with effect from 30 April 2018.

NAIF welcomes Investment Mandate changes

NAIF welcomes the Investment Mandate changes announced by Minister for Northern Australia, Matthew Canavan.

NAIF on target to reach key objectives

The NAIF has announced that it’s on track to reach key targets that will help to grow the economy and stimulate population growth in the country’s north, and in turn bring benefit to all of Australia.

NAIF shows commitment to growing WA’s north

‘There are a number of exciting opportunities that NAIF is already looking at in Western Australia’ – NAIF CEO, Laurie Walker.

Statement on Aurizon proposal to NAIF

Aurizon has today informed the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility that it is withdrawing its request for NAIF funding to assist with a rail solution for the development of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. As such, NAIF will no longer be considering that Aurizon request for financial assistance.

Tourism infrastructure a key focus of NAIF

Tourism is a key industry being considered by the NAIF, with 18 inquiries that are currently active.

Almost two billion dollar of finance under consideration by NAIF

Three new projects are now in the due diligence phase of the NAIF pipeline, bringing the total value of potential finance to more than two billion dollars.

Investment Forum shows potential of northern Australian

The NAIF pipeline looks set to expand even further, following the Northern Australia Investment Forum, which was held this week in Cairns.

NAIF pipeline growing after announcement of first Investment Decision

The NAIF pipeline has now grown to 140 enquiries, a little more than 12 months after the organisation was established. NAIF CEO Laurie Walker said the announcement came after the board made its first Investment Decision in September.

Onslow Marine Support Base Investment Decision

The NAIF Board has made its first Investment Decision regarding the Onslow Marine Support Base Project in Western Australia, indicating to the Deputy Prime Minister it proposes to offer financial assistance of around $16.8m for a multi-user infrastructure port and marine supply.

Genex Welcomes Approval for the NAIF to proceed to full due diligence phase

The NAIF Board has approved the Genex Power Limited Stage 2 large-scale solar and hydro pumped storage projects at Kidston to proceed to the due diligence phase of the NAIF Application and Approval Procedure.

 

NAIF Newsletters

July 2018

May 2018

Speeches and Presentations

Presentation to the Developing Northern Australia Conference, 18 June 2018

Ms Laurie Walker, CEO, presentation to the Developing Northern Australia Conference in Alice Springs, 18 June 2018.

Presentation to the Annual Queensland Infrastructure Conference 2017, 15 May 2018

Ms Amanda Copping, Executive Director Origination, presentation to the Annual Queensland Infrastructure Conference on 15 May 2018.

Presentation to International Mining and Resources Conference, 1 November 2017

Mr Peter Ross, Executive Director, Origination presentation to the 4th International Mining and Resources Conference on 1 November 2017.

Presentation to the 17th National PPP Summit, 24 October 2017

Ms Amanda Copping, Executive Director Origination, presentation to the 17th National PPP Summit on 24 October 2017.

Presentation to Cairns Forum 4 Business Growth,15 September 2017

Ms Carol Bellettini, Chief of Staff presentation to the Cairns Forum 4 Business Growth Cairns on 15 September 2017.

Presentation to Clayton Utz Into the North Events,13 and 14 September 2017

Ms Laurie Walker, Chief Executive Officer presentation to the Into the North Events hosted by Clayton Utz on 13 and 14 September 2017.

Presentation to Investors, September 2017

Ms Laurie Walker, Chief Executive Officer presentation to investors in China and Hong Kong in September 2017.

Presentation to the 3rd Annual Queensland Infrastructure Conference 2017, 29 August 2017

Ms Amanda Copping, Executive Director Origination presentation to the 3rd Annual Queensland Infrastructure Conference on 29 August 2017.

Presentation to the Northern Territory Construction and Building Conference 2017

Mr Tim Hallam, Executive Director, Origination presentation to the Northern Territory Construction and Building Conference in Darwin on 17 August 2017.

Presentation to the CEDA Queensland Economic Forum 2017, 13 July 2017

Ms Laurie Walker, CEO presentation to the CEDA Queensland Economic Development Forum 2017 on 13 July 2017.

Recorded Address to the CEDA Queensland Economic Forum 2017, 13 July 2017

CEDA’s recording of Ms Laurie Walker, CEO presentation to the CEDA Queensland Economic Development Forum 2017 on 13 July 2017.

NAIF United States and Canada Investor Meetings, Guest of Austrade

Ms Laurie Walker, CEO presentation to United States and Canadian international investors.

Address to the Developing Northern Australia Conference, 19 June 2017

Ms Sharon Warburton, Chair provided a key note address to the Developing Northern Australia Conference on 19 June 2017.

Address to the 8th Annual Queensland Transport Conference, 24 May 2017

Ms Laurie Walker, CEO provided a key note address to the 8th Annual Queensland Transport Summit on 24 May 2017.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility launch 11 August 2016

Chairman Ms Sharon Warburton, opening address at the launch of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Senate Opening Statements and Inquiries

Opening Statement 5 June 2018

NAIF’s Opening Statement to Senate Estimates 5 June  2018.

Opening Statement 1 March 2018

NAIF’s Opening Statement to Senate Estimates 1 March  2018.

NAIF’s Opening Statement to the Senate Inquiry in the Governance and Operation of NAIF 1 February 2018

NAIF’s Opening Statement to the second hearing of Senate Inquiry into the Governance and Operation of NAIF in Cairns on 1 February 2018.

Opening Statement 26 October 2017

NAIF’s Opening Statement to Senate Estimates 26 October 2017.

NAIF’s Opening Statement to the Senate Inquiry in the Governance and Operation of the NAIF 11 August 2017

NAIF’s Opening Statement to the Senate Inquiry in the Governance and Operation of the NAIF on 11 August 2017.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Governance and Operation of the NAIF 4 August 2017

NAIF welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Governance and Operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.  The NAIF’s submission demonstrates NAIF’s governance is robust and transparent to ensure the successful implementation of NAIF’s mandate entrusted to it by the Commonwealth.

Opening Statement 1 June 2017

NAIF’s Opening Statement to Senate Estimates 1 June 2017.

Opening Statement 2 March 2017

NAIF’s Opening Statement to Senate Estimates 2 March 2017.

Link to Questions on Notice

Responses to NAIF Senate Estimates Questions on Notice

Articles and Blog Posts

NAIF Update July 2017

An update on activities on the first anniversary of NAIF’s establishment 1 July 2016.

Asian Growth Encourages Aussie Focus on North’s Infrastructure, 20 July 2017

Ms Colleen Schreiber, of Livestock Weekly (United States) has published an article regarding infrastructure and investment opportunities in northern Australia.

Investing in Infrastructure in Far North Queensland to drive public benefit

Ms Laurie Walker, CEO discusses the potential opportunities to grow communities and create employment opportunities in northern Queensland, ahead of the CEDA Queensland Economic Development Forum on 13 July 2017.

Ministerial Announcements

Northern Australia Annual Statement October 2017

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, the Hon Barnaby Joyce, 2017 Annual Statement on progress of the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future.

Cairns-based CEO appointed to Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, announces the appointment of Ms Laurie Walker as NAIF’s Chief Executive Officer.

Northern Australia Annual Statement 11 October 2016

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, First Annual Statement on progress of the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future.

Speech to CEDA 30 September 2016

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan address to CEDA.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility launch 11 August 2016

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, key note address at the launch of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Northern Australia headed in the right direction 11 August 2016

The NAIF is open for business and starting the important work of building investment and creating jobs across northern Australia.

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Passes Parliament

Legislation to establish the NAIF has passed Parliament enabling it to commence from July. The Board of the NAIF is announced.

NAIF Bill 2016, Second Reading Speech, March 2016

Second reading speech following introduction of the NAIF Bill 2016, 17 March 2016.

Cairns to host Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

The Government confirms the NAIF is to be located in Cairns and will be supported by Efic.