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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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Alice Springs 2004-05 Northern Territory Budget 8 Regional Highlights Alice Springs Regional Highlights 9 2004-05 Northern Territory Budget Supporting Business $2.8M for the Northern Territory Holiday Centre, located in Alice Springs, which sells Territory Discoveries packages and provides information on holidays for the benefi t of all regions $0.64M for local organisations to provide visitor information services and tourism marketing activities for Central Australia $0.33M to develop strategic approaches and region-specifi c promotional campaigns for the Territory as a tourist destination $0.2M for specifi c tourism promotion of Uluru and Kata Tjuta $1.25M in incentive payments for Alice Springs Convention Centre $0.85M to provide monitoring, extension and advisory services to land-holders in the region $0.22M to develop new table grape varieties, and to support the industry to improve productivity and quality $0.19M for animal health services to ensure market access for Territory livestock to all available domestic and export outlets $0.15M for a new arid zone pastoral research area of about 500km2 on a portion of Owen Springs Station to assist the pastoral industry $0.36M for drilling program to promote mineral and petroleum exploration in the Amadeus Basin as part of Building the Territorys Resource Base $0.32M for the Territory Business Centre, the fi rst contact point for businesses needing to access Government services and products $0.15M for land information and associated services to support sustainable development Jobs and Training $14.4M Desert Knowledge Precinct construction under way $0.5M support for Desert Knowledge Australia Corporation and the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre $1.05M for Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education tertiary programs $3M grant to construct higher education facilities to assist with the merger of Centralian College with Charles Darwin University $0.18M for the driver training and licensing for 16 to 18 year olds $50 000 for services to young people with disabilities with high support needs, to allow development of skills and training in pursuit of employment and participation in the community $0.58M for Flexible Response Funding for training, leading to employment for Indigenous people, Training for Remote Youth and Training Centres $0.39M for Footprints Forward to assist with employment opportunities for Indigenous youth in Alice Springs Safer Communities $30.5M for the operation of police, fi re and emergency services facilities in the Alice Springs region $20.92M for custodial services for adult off enders at Alice Springs Correctional Centre $0.55M for Aranda House juvenile holding facility $1.31M for community corrections for adult and juvenile clients $2.4M for child protection services, to work with families at risk $0.1M to strengthen region specifi c family support services $1.97M for courts and tribunals to administer justice in the region. The Supreme Court sits at Alice Springs for 29 weeks a year and magistrates travel to Papunya, Mutijulu and Yuendumu $0.62M for justice services, including Community Justice, Reintegration and Diversion, the Offi ce of Crime Prevention and Consumer and Business Aff airs The Alice Springs region comprises 40 per cent of the Territorys land mass, with about 39 000 people that account for almost 20 per cent of the Territorys population. The region extends to the Western Australian, South Australian and Queensland borders and includes the mineral-rich Tanami Desert. Alice Springs is home to the joint defence facility at Pine Gap. Major industries in the region include pastoralism, mining, oil and gas, tourism and Indigenous arts and culture. Increased access to the Centre by both air and rail will ensure the growth of the tourism industry, recovering from the recent international diffi culties. Alice Springs