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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


Questions for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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QUESTIONS - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Mr COULTER: It is not $120. As I said, there is some variance in the models used throughout Australia in relation to buildings that require special equipment to combat fires. In the old days, it worked in the following way. Your building was insured with a company such as AMP or National Mutual, and you had a brass plaque on the front of your building. The fire service was owned by the insurance company. Thus, if the AMP fire service turned up when you had a fire, and your building was covered by National Mutual, the fire engine kept going. We do not want that model, but it was utilised in the early days. We do not like some of the systems that are used currently in some other jurisdictions in Australia. We think that they need some modification and improvement in the collection process ... Mr Ede: Meanwhile, everybody has to hang fire because the government is consulting. Mr COULTER: That is right. We are telling people to hang fire until we have organised it. Wait until we have completed our consultations and we will be in touch. As I said, we have no intention of implementing this levy until 1 January. Local Contracts for Alice Springs Prison Mrs BRAHAM to MINISTER for CORRECTIONAL SERVICES The new Alice Springs Prison is one of the most significant construction projects undertaken in Alice Springs in recent years. Have local businesses been able to secure a share of the construction contracts? ANSWER Mr Speaker, I thank the member for Braitling for her question. The new Alice Springs Prison is a most significant project for Alice Springs, not only in terms of the cost of its construction but in terms of improving greatly the standard of prisons in the Northern Territory generally, let alone in central Australia. As I have said previously in this place, the project will cost in the order of $27m, which includes the security measures and fit-out costs. The facility is expected to open for use in late November this year. It has been designed to hold approximately 220 prisoners, with the capacity for this to be increased to more than 400, if need be, by double-bunking. As well, it will meet all relevant recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Mr Ede: Within budget? Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr POOLE: I am pleased to advise members that Alice Springs businesses have succeeded in winning contracts totalling more than $ 19.3m in the construction phase of this project. To date, the contracts have employed an estimated 200 to 250 people at the height of construction work. Fitting out the new facility will involve also the expenditure of approximately $1.5m through Alice Springs suppliers. This combination of construction and fit-out contracts, combined with the flow-on employment, has resulted in a very significant boost to the Alice Springs economy over the life of the project. 578