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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 demonstrates the governments bipartisan approach to providing an improved quality of life for the citizenry. Mr Bailey: I am talking about taking away open space that is already there. Mr HATTON: That is true. There is a bit of open space going. I seem to recall that, early last year, the member for Wanguri actually recommended that as a location for a retirement village. Mr Bailey: Not to give it away for free. Mr HATTON: It will be an excellent asset for his electorate. I am sure that, if he supports the development of that project as a quality retirement village, he will reap the benefits politically for years to come. In addition, he will be supporting in part an important service to our senior citizens. There is certainly a need for retirement villages for other levels. That will be a relatively expensive development and naturally many people are saying that it is beyond their resources to take advantage of it. However, we are looking at other locations in which to establish retirement village developments in the $100 000 to $110 000 range. That is what people are talking about. Mr Bailey: With the same level of support you gave to that one? Mr HATTON: I think that you will be amazed by what you will see. In the member for Millners electorate, members will be aware of the development of the Housing Commission area at Hazel Court etc exclusively as an area for aged persons, and the specialised facilities there. That will be a Housing Commission-type retirement village. There will be several levels of opportunity for people to access in their retirement the type of services and quality of life that derive from the development of a retirement village and people living together and enjoying a social life together. This is possibly an area where the CLP differs from the Labor Party. We think through such matters and, in this instance, we are working to meet all levels of requirement because we wish to improve the quality of life of our senior citizens. I am very proud to have been instrumental in part of that development. I urge members to think about the area in Aralia Street and the benefits that a park there could contribute to all the people of Darwin. Nightcliff is more than happy to share its resources. We share our foreshore, our boat ramp, our jetty, our jogging and cycling tracks and the many other developments in and around the suburb. We welcome people from all over Darwin. Nightcliff has become a great asset to all Darwin residents. Similarly, the recovery and restoration of this monsoonal rainforest would add quite significantly to the enjoyment of all the citizens of Darwin, not only the people of Nightcliff. As the local member, I am keen to support and assist this project. Mr BURKE (Brennan): Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise in this adjournment debate to compliment noted Territorians, Bob and Mary Steele, and their son, Ted Steele, after whom a street in Winnellie in my electorate has been named recently. Many of our young Territorians have moved from the Northern Territory, usually interstate, to complete their education and to