The South Australian Government has formed a team of commercial and investment experts aimed at attracting investment to South Australia and help maximise the economic benefits flowing from major infrastructure projects.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the Invest in South Australia team would be established within the newly formed Department for Manufacturing, Industry, Trade Resources and Energy and draw on crossgovernment resources to drive investment attraction in the State.

Invest in South Australia is a response to a recommendation by the Economic Development Board and will be overseen by the Board’s deputy chair, Kevin Osborn.

Chevron Australia has announced the signing of two major gas contracts in Western Australia.

The Western Australian Government has announced the appointment of the inaugural board of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), the new body which will be responsible for major redevelopments within the Perth metropolitan area, including the Perth City Link, Perth Waterfront, Riverside and the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre.

BHP Billiton will be free to commence its Olympic Dam expansion after the South Australian Government passed legislation in support of the plan.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has released its draft Basin Plan, starting off a 20 week consultation period that will examine and tweak the Authority’s plan.

The Federal Government has announced financial support for Western Australia’s Margaret River region following the catastrophic bushfires that swept through the region.

The South Australian Government has announced the formation of a new taskforce to co-ordinate the state’s response to the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The Queensland Government has announced major power upgrades, worth over $130 million, to nine significant projects to boost electricity supplies in and around Redcliffe, Caboolture, Morayfield, Deception Bay, North Lakes, Kallangur, Petrie, Narangba and Burpengary. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its state accounts findings, showing the gross state product off the country’s states and territories.

The Tasmanian State Tax review Panel has announced its decision to discontinue its formal taxation review process due to the ‘limited ability to reform State taxation in the current economic environment.’

The Northern Territory Government has announced the winners of the Chief Minister’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector.

The Queensland Government is planning to implement nest egg legislation that will see Queensland children born after July 1, 2012 earn a trust fund valued between $7800 and $9500 by the time they turn 18.

Victorian Ombudsman George Brouwer has slammed the state of Victorian ICT projects, lamenting the lost opportunities that the wasted funds represented.

The ACT Government has tabled its Electricity Feed In (Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Bill 2011 before territory parliament.

The Victorian Government has released its 2011 Infrastructure Australia priority list, outlining a  platform to begin addressing Victoria's infrastructure backlog.

The Federal Government is divided over the proposal of resuming uranium exports to India, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing her support of the amendment.

The Tasmanian Government has tabled legislation before State Parliament that aims to increase transparency and certainty for local government rates in Tasmania.

The Victorian Government has announced it will only make use of the state’s recently constructed north-south water pipeline in times of ‘critical human need’.

The New South Wales Greens have urged greater attention to be paid for the state’s rural rail branch lines after State Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon savaged the government for being ‘slaves to the truck industry’.

Mining giant BHP Billiton has announced it has finalised an agreement with the Western Australian Government that will see increases to the the royalty rate payable to the State for its iron ore Fines product.

The Victorian Government has revealed its $85 million ICT plan that will aim to support continued growth in the sector while developing global competitiveness.

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