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Debates Day 6 - 1 November 2018



Debates Day 6 - 1 November 2018

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Thursday 1 November 2018 4868 Mr Phillip Leslie of Sport and Recreation, who was previously involved with the games and has a lot of knowledge of them Mr Jeff Stewart and Ms Kate Walker from the Office of International Engagement, Trade and Investment having those people on the ground, straight away identifying potential countries and provinces we can approach, is important Mr Brian OGallagher from the NT Chamber of Commerce. There was some business nous in the room, and there were some early conversations as far back as 2016. While members might say, We did not hear anything for a year, I can assure the Leader of the Opposition we were working ourselves like mad. We set a cracking pace. Over a three to four-month period we determined a path forward to get what we needed in relation to recommendations that we knew were important to be made to Chief Minister and Cabinet. We quickly set up a website. We knew we needed an interface. You can hop on anytime. The website includes a countdown. The minister is correct. I do not know if it is today, but there are 176 days to goa bit frightening, really. You can hop on there at any time and see how many days to go. We did that quickly and we immediately advertised for feedback from sports organisations, businesses and volunteers and anyone who was interested, including tourism and arts. We even included a button so you can register early as a volunteer or just register an interest in the games. That can happen so quickly. This has been ongoing for two years. Many volunteers have already registered and are receiving regular updates. That is one of the important things we have on there. People can just hop on, touch a button and away they goand they can constantly get updates. As the minister said, we received 193 written responses and scheduled public interviews with anyone who was interested. We received interest from many sectors including sportslocal and national interests. We even had people walking in ready to go, with the full backing of their national sporting body. We had local business owners and the arts sector. We have been clear from the very start that the games needed to showcase our local arts sectorthe minister has talked about that, as did our Treasurerwhilst we have a national and international audience. Very early on, we did a country identification with early invitations going out. How did we do that? We looked at a map, put our arms up in a Y shape and said, Anything above that is where we need to head. Who are our closest trading partners? A full analysis was donethose invitations helped raise awareness immediately while the steering committee was going. Once again, although we may not have been out here shouting about it, all that work was happening. We focused on our Asian neighbours and received some good advice, and we sent those letters out to say, The Arafura Games are coming backare you interested? If you are interested, who do we need to touch base with in your country to make this happen? From that process, we were able to make robust and well-founded recommendations to Cabinet. This included the need to make the games as local as possible. An important breakaway from past games was the recommendation to establish two hubs. One in the city, as part of the ongoing revitalisation of the CBD, which will be down at the Waterfront. The other is the traditional hub in the Marrara sporting precinct. We also recommended making the sports schedule run predominantly in the afternoons and evenings to ensure that working Territorians have the opportunity to either participate or, importantly, spectate after work. Along with being inclusive, this also means that people could volunteer after finishing work, which could not be done before. You would be stuck at work while the games were on. As the Chief Minister said, we need bums on seats, and this is the way we are looking to do it. Fortunately, Cabinet accepted our recommendationsand we were off. At that time we had a new minister appointed, Hon Ken Vowles, and it was good to have a minister to report to and work with. We also recommended and saw the formation of two tiers of governance. It was important not to have not just an organising committee but also an advisory committee, of which I am part. This looks at the overarching running of the games, asks pertinent questions and can be sought out by the organising committee for advice. The advisory committee is tasked to ensure the games are delivered on time and meet community expectations.

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