Ministerial Statement Upgrading of Darwin and Alice Springs Airports
Tabled Paper 692
Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Frederick Finch
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TH IS, OF COURSE, IS ONLY HELPING TO PROLONG PROGRESS TOWARDS THE HAND-OVERS. 12 AND GIVEN THE FA C 'S DECISION NOT TO BEGIN STITCHING TOGETHER THE F INANCIAL OR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PACKAGES FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT UNTIL THE TRANSFER OF T ITLE HAS TAKEN PLACE WE WILL BE LUCKY TO HAVE A NEW INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL IN S ID E THE PROMISED THREE YEARS. ON THE B A S IS OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE I BEL IEVE A HAND-OVER OF DARWIN AIRPORT TO THE FAC WILL PROBABLY NOT OCCUR UNTIL NEXT MARCH, THAT IS ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS AFTER THE IN IT IA L ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE HAND-OVERS WAS MADE. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF COURSE, MR SPEAKER, IS THAT THE FAC HAS RESPO N SIB IL ITY FOR ABOUT 20 AIRPORTS AROUND AUSTRALIA AND IS READY TO TAKE OVER MORE. THE REALITY IS THAT DARWIN AND ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORTS ARE SMALL BEER WHEN COMPARED WITH THE MASSIVE PROBLEMS OF SOMEWHERE L IK E SYDNEY AIRPORT. IT IS FOR THAT REASON THAT I HAVE REITERATED TO THE FAC THE TERRITORY GOVERNMENT'S W ILLINGNESS TO PROJECT MANAGE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF BOTH ALICE SPRINGS AND DARWIN AIRPORTS ON BEHALF OF THE FAC. GIVEN THE LEVEL OF WORK WE HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED ON DARWIN AIRPORT, IN PARTICULAR, I AM CONFIDENT THAT IF WE COULD BEGIN DESIGN AND CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS NOW WE WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION WITHIN DAYS OF THE FAC RECEIVING T ITLE TO DARWIN AIRPORT.
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