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Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018



Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018


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NEWS WednesdayApril 25, 2018KATHERINETIMES8 katherinetimes.com.au Cash short NT Budget needs fixing TREASURER Nicole Manison last week announced budget repair measures to address the unprecedented fiscal challenges facing the NT. Ms Manison said the recent $1.4 billion cut to the Territorys GST revenues over four years, on top of the $2 billion reduction announced last year are having a serious impact. The massive reduction in GST means the Territory has lost more than $800 million per year in critical funding, she said. It is simply not possible to match these cuts with savings or revenue measures to do so would mean shutting down every school or hospital the Territory or unfairly taxingTerritorians.This Government will not do that. Budget 2018 will support and create jobs, grow our population and invest in a brighter future for Territorians in a fiscally sustainable manner. The 2018 Budget savings measures include: A reduction in the public sector wages policy from 2.5% to 2% to reflect wages growth in the Territory, from October 1, 2018 (for enterprise agreements not already in place or that have gone to ballot) A reduction in departments operational budget indexation to reflect CPI Establishment of a targeted, voluntary redundancy scheme across government Consideration of a position freeze within the public sector to limit FTE growth Additional efficiencies from theTerritorys Government-owned Corporations Reviewing grant arrangements to ensure value for money Reducing repairs and maintenance expenditure following record stimulus programs in 2017-18 These measures are needed and are additional to the targets set in the 2017 Budget. They will result in around $800 million in total savings by 2021-22, she said. Ms Manison said a new Budget Review Committee has been established which will identify further opportunities for efficiencies across the public service and ways to minimise recurrent expenditure. The Treasurer also outlined new revenue measures as part of Budget 2018, following the Territorys first-ever comprehensive review of own-source revenue in 2017-18. Weknow thatmanyTerritory businesses and families are doing it tough right now. Our changes to revenue, following a frank discussion with the Territory community, MsManison said. Changes include the introduction of a hybrid royalty scheme to ensure all operating mines in the Territory pay a minimum royalty to Territorians. NT Treasurer Nicole Manison says the Budget needs urgent repair even with some GST relief from the Federal Government. THE Department of Primary Industry and Resources is urging the public to check their citrus plants for the suspected citrus canker disease. A number of citrus plants showing signs of the disease were removed from nurseries in Darwin and Palmerston. Although citrus canker does not affect human or animal health and are safe to eat, the disease is contagious to other citrus plants and can cause significant costs to the industry. Officials said it was likely three citrus plants were sold from a Darwin nursery and three sold from a Palmerston nursery. DPIRs chief plant health officer Sarah Corcoran said the department had strong evidence to suggest the plants were infected with citrus canker. Early detection, reporting and not moving infected plants is vital, and will give the department the best chance of eradicating this disease, she said. Katherine urged to check citrus plants CITRUS WARNING: The symptoms of citrus canker include blister-like lesions on leaves and the fruit. The search is on for the diseased plants. Citrus check. Movie under the stars "#!%$ Friday 27 April Movie Starts @ 7:30pm Godinyimayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre B B Q & F R E E P opcorn Movie: TheWater Diviner (M) This free event is brought to you by Katherine Town Council, Godinyimayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre and RAAF Base Tindal. For more infomation call (08) 8972 5500 AW3504971