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Regional Highlights 2004-2005



Regional Highlights 2004-2005

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled By Sydney Stirling


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2004-05 Northern Territory Budget 14 Regional Highlights Regional Highlights 15 2004-05 Northern Territory Budget Darwin Darw in With a population of over 68 500 and covering an area of 122 square kilometres, Darwin is the Territorys capital and houses the centre of Government. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with 30 per cent of its population born overseas and 8.6 per cent of its population Indigenous. The public sector, together with construction, defence and tourism, are the regions major economic drivers. Darwin is Northern Australias gateway with Asia and attracts both domestic and international tourists. The new Darwin City Waterfront development, incorporating a world class convention centre and exhibition centre, is expected to signifi cantly boost Australian and international visitor numbers when it is completed (planned for 2006). The full waterfront project, involving signifi cant residential and commercial facilities, will continue over the next decade or so. Darwin also represents a strategically important Defence base with a signifi cant army, navy and air force presence. Supporting Business $0.79M for the Territory Business Centre, the fi rst contact point for businesses needing to access Government services and products $0.7M for diagnostic services at the Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories for the Territorys livestock industries $0.64M for local organisations to provide visitor information services and regional marketing activities for the Top End region (encompassing Darwin, Coomalie, Outer Darwin, Jabiru, Kakadu and East Arnhem Land) $0.46M to maintain market access for Northern Territory produce through a range of programs including development of grower accreditation programs and certifi cation of Territory products $0.37M to develop strategic approaches and region-specifi c promotional campaigns for the Territory as a tourist destination $0.27M to continue specifi c resource protection programs to detect incursions of plant and animal diseases and exotic fruit fl y fi rst port of call surveillance to protect Territory horticulture and environment (jointly Commonwealth funded) $0.27M for land information and associated services to support sustainable development $0.34M funding for the marine and fi shing industries through a tidal free facility, servicing the seafood industry and small pleasure crafts $2.03M tourism industry support through managing the Wharf Precinct and cruise ship terminal $20 000 for promotional activities to encourage cruise ships to include Darwin in their itineraries Jobs and Training $7.52M for Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education tertiary programs $1.11M for Flexible Response Funding for training leading to employment for Indigenous people, Training for Remote Youth and Training Centres $0.76M for the driver training and licensing for 16 to 18 year olds Safer Communities $78.71M for the operation of police, fi re and emergency services facilities in Darwin including the Peter McAulay Centre $13.18M for courts to administer justice for Darwin and the Palmerston and Rural regions