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




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5 Mr Speaker our strategies are designed, not only to protect what we have, but also to build further on our assets, in five key lifestyle areas - Living and Working; People and Families; Urban Living; Environment and Heritage; and Leisure. In relation to, Living and Working, Mr Speaker, my Governments aim is to make the Territory the preferred and prime location in the Region in which to live, to work and to invest. This will involve overcoming the challenges of the geographic isolation of many Territorians and the Territorys small population base. We want to further reduce the cost of living and the cost of doing business in the Territory. We will continue to place great emphasis on maintaining the . personal safety of all Territorians. To achieve these goals the Territory Government will work with the business community to market the Territorys unique lifestyle. That unique lifestyle will be used as a key motivator to encourage more people to take up work opportunities in the Territory. Mr Speaker, as a first step, next week will see the launch of a video promoting our capital, Darwin as an exciting city in which to achieve not only enormous job satisfaction but also to experience the Territorys magical lifestyle. The video has been produced by the Territory Government in conjunction with the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Darwin City Council. Mr Speaker, one of the issues that Territorians believe is important to maintaining their lifestyle is personal safety. Our^lan to maintain peoples personal safety involves establishing a Crime - Prevention Committee, drawing together both members of the community and senior Government officials of the relevant Government agencies. Mr Speaker, individual Territorians should be able to expect a choice of quality health services, to be respected as individuals and to see their efforts in the community, in their own families and support groups recognised and supported. This Foundation is about ensuring those expectations are met. Our young population, with its high workforce participation and strong growth rate is all good news. There are, however, challenges ahead.