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Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians



Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians

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Tabled Paper 1658


Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Denis Burke


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2 Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to present to Honourable members details of the final - and I would say the most crucial Foundation area, Preserve and Build on the Lifestyle of All Territorians. Territorians love the space and freedom that our vast landscape offers; they love its great natural beauty. Mr Speaker, I am very proud to call myself a Territorian. I love the lifestyle the Territory offers me and my family. The diversity of our people, the live-and-let-live attitude of that cultural and ethnic mix, is a precious part of life in the Territory. Hand-in-hand with that tolerance is a spirit of enterprise; a can-do philosophy that underpins dynamic economic, social and cultural growth. Territorians by nature relish a challenge; they embrace change; and they are not afraid of hard work. Research conducted as part of developing these Foundations shows that the aspects of living in the Territory that have most appeal for Territorians are those which set us apart from the rest of Australia. Research respondents identified these major reasons for choosing to live and work in the Territory: A strong sense of community Rewards for those who work hard Better employment and business opportunities, particularly for young people An ideal environment in which to raise children Enriched social and cultural lives through multiculturalism Recreational activities including land-based and water-based sports and going bush. Territorians are different from other Australians - and proud of it. Mr Speaker Honourable members will be aware that we have something of a love-hate relationship with our climate. We can not legislate away the build-up or central desert midday temperatures - but we do and should continue to turn our climate to advantage in promoting the Territorys lifestyle. Our climate has led to award- winning tropical architecture; flourishing recreational fishing and

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