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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 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 Wednesday 31 October 2018 4806 Many concerns raised have been about impacts on local businesses. The youth detention facility will be built away from local businesses to avoid any industrial hazards and discreetly designed not to bring attention to it. Key design features include low visual impact, unobtrusive design with vegetation, and large land buffers. As previously mentioned, it could bring opportunities for local business through joint training and employment ventures with youth justice if businesses would like to explore those options. Clearly, it is up to businesses. During the consultation some local business welcomed this opportunity. It will not impact on the operation of local businesses, as I answered in Question Time, with industry being able to operate as per usual. We are happy to work with local businesses to accommodate and deal with any of these concerns. Issues of curfew and noise have been raised, and we do not feel that these cannot be managed. The Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics can address all the other planning issues such as traffic congestion, road access to the site and pullover carriageways. All the questions that are legitimate concerns can be dealt with. This is why planning processes happen. Issues can be raised, problems can be put on the table, and solutions can be found. When they cannot be found, there needs to be further discussion. That is a normal planning process. This government is listening to the needs of the Territory community. It will continue to listen to the concerns of the local Pinelands businesses and operators, and it will work with them to alleviate their concerns. The new youth justice facility will be more secure, fit for purpose and focused on putting at-risk youths back on the right path. We are fixing a mess of a youth justice system. What we are seeing from the other side of the House is obstruction, slowing down progress and fighting against a new youth detention centre. This is despite the royal commissioners publicly stating this week that progress has been too slow and we need to close down Don Dale and move young people to a new facility as a priority. I call on the opposition and all members of the House to work with us to help the public understand that they will be safe with a youth detention centre in Pinelands. It is a construction project that will create jobs. It will lead to a stronger and safer Territory. We need to seize this opportunity to design a state-of-the-art youth detention facility which, while keeping the community safe, will lead the way in changing young peoples lives and breaking the cycle of crime. I will conclude by quoting from the outcomes of one of the design workshops we held with stakeholders during our consultation period to develop the principles of design that should underpin the new facility: The ultimate aim of these facilities is to send kids home in a better space than when they arrived. Building the skills, relationships and support networks they need outside the four walls is fundamentally important. We believe architecture can play an important role in the process of rehabilitation. We are helping create a framework for success, and the successful implementation of significant programs. This intervention is important. That sums it up. That is from a stakeholder who is working with us. I note the Member for Nelsons comments on the federal government. The Member for Nelson is a big supporter of getting kids out bush, and we believe that is part of the solution as well. We got John Coleman, who the member knows and respects, to look at suitable land for this purpose. We pulled together a range of sites and gave the report to Senator Nigel Scullion on the day, almost 12 months ago, which the royal commission was given. We have not heard back from him since then. We would love to work with the federal government on the solutions to the problems we face in youth justice. Those problems were unearthed through a royal commission, a comprehensive review by the two very skilled commissioners who have given us a clear roadmap of the way forward. It was based on information given by Territorians. People in this room also spoke to the commissioners. All that information was gathered from people who have been in the Territory for a long time and it was the basis of the recommendations. We need to work together on how we deliver those recommendations. I am more than happy to set up regular meetings with the Member for Nelson to discuss these issues. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to make sure we deliver a safer Northern Territory where young people are valued and we get it right. It will take time. I do not want to have these conversations in another 10 years. I look forward to getting this right. Mrs LAMBLEY (Araluen): Madam Acting Deputy Speaker, I support the Member for Nelsons motion, his concern about the consultation process used to locate the new Darwin youth detention centre at Pinelands and his general request that government includes local members to be a part of those discussions.

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