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Budget Paper No.1 Speech 2005/2006



Budget Paper No.1 Speech 2005/2006

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Speech Funding of $300 000 will be provided to assist elite Territory athletes to compete at national and international levels. Funding of $140 000 will provide additional bus services for public housing seniors villages in Darwin and Palmerston. $500 000 is provided for a program of multicultural development and $700 000 for the multicultural affairs sponsorship and grants program. Increased funding of $1.2 million has been provided for recurrent Territory park management operations and management of the new Channel Point recreation reserve. Other capital investments include: $5.8 million for the Darwin soccer stadium; $3.8 million for Hidden Valley Raceway upgrade, which includes eight additional pit garages for the V8 Supercar event; $800 000 for the Alice Springs drag strip; and $500 000 for improved recreational fishing infrastructure. Regional Initiatives The Government is committed to continuing strong support for Territorians living in our regions. The Government provides power, water, and sewerage services, aerodromes and barge landings in remote Indigenous communities through the Indigenous Essential Services program. The payment to Power and Water Corporation for providing these services will increase by $1.2 million to $47 million. The Government will employ a regional Government coordinator for the West Arnhem region, based in Jabiru, and a coordinator at Nhulunbuy to assist with development opportunities and obligations in regard to the Alcan expansion. The Government has committed to significant capital expenditure in the regions. Some of the projects include: $2.7 million for headworks stage 2 at the Desert Knowledge Precinct; $500 000 for upgrades to the Ngukurr to Numbulwar road and a causeway at Rose River; $500 000 for the Central Arnhem Road, for selected road and river crossing upgrades from Beswick to Gove; $500 000 to upgrade sections of the Sandover Highway; $1.25 million for the Alpurrurulam aerodrome; and $630 000 for the Pigeon Hole aerodrome. 9