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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 pay certain fees and do certain things. Provided the water is in the area, an agreement is reached with surrounding landholders and the water is laid on for them. More and more people, who are perhaps becoming tired of looking after reconditioned bores, will take advantage of this. The Gunn Point Land Development Plan has created considerable interest. I have been particularly interested in the rocket base and I have already asked the Minister for Industries and Development questions about that. I will take him up on his promise for a briefing. The Treasurer says that the government is investigating the viability of a comprehensive incentive program to encourage private sector development of specific infrastructure that is currently absent or in short supply in the Territory. I assume that would come under the auspices of the Department of Industries and Development. I believe it is a good initiative, but the Treasurer mentions resort development, department stores, retirement villages, Aboriginal cultural centres and convention centres, as well as large-scale manufacturing or processing industries such as a gas or oil refinery. All of these are very large projects. It is true that, if projects of this kind are developed and receive encouragement from the Northern Territory government, developers will be interested in staying, and they probably will employ large numbers of people. However, I would like to believe that the government will extend encouragement not only to these large developments, but also, under the same scheme, to smaller enterprises, particularly those of people who are living in the Territory already and who have the initiative to start up developments of their own. Among capital works initiatives in the budget is the preschool and primary school to be constructed at Freds Pass. This will be welcomed by many people in the rural area because increasing numbers of couples with young children are settling on blocks in the rural area and the schools have almost reached saturation point. There is an item in the Conservation Commission budget to conserve the rare Ptychosperma bleeseri palm, and not before time. The numbers of that palm are becoming fewer and fewer because anybody interested in palms knows where it grows in the wild. It grows in particular places, and people have gone to them and reefed plants out already. I hope the Conservation Commission can stop this - 1 will not call it vandalism - depletion of this very rare palm. Volunteer bushfire brigades are to be supported. They would be the brigades under the auspices of the Bushfires Council. This is to be applauded because the volunteer brigades, both the Fire Service and the Bushfire Council brigades, do an enormous amount of work in the community. It is through their sterling efforts that people are becoming more aware of the dangers of bushfires. People are taking many more precautions themselves because, through their membership, the bushfire brigades have spread the word about fire management, fire control and fire- protection. They are probably doing themselves out of a job in a way by making people more aware and more responsible but, at the same time, they are extending their actual areas of work. I have been to both their field days this year. They are groups of very enthusiastic people. The numbers of people who volunteer their services are not large, but the people who do volunteer are certainly very keen. They could be described as a band of silent workers who come out when called to put out fires and who do not expect too much by way of thanks. They are not paid for their work; they do it from a sense of duty. I have 3574

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