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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 the Department of Lands, Housing and Local Government aspects of my portfolios. In total, there is an increase of $7.32m or 7.8% over 1994-95 in anticipated expenditure by the department. This increase relates mainly to capital expenditure, with normal operating outlays being contained generally within the 1994-95 levels. This reflects the success of previous structural reviews in constraining general operating costs and improving productivity. Although current expenditure shows a $ l.lm increase, this is offset by a change in the mix between capital and current expenditure. The core business activities of my department are directed at supporting the development of the Territory and improving its capacity to deliver a wider range of services to the community. This budget provides for a continuation of a range of government initiatives. $220 000 has been allocated to the Land Development Sales Unit which provides a strategic focus for the release of government land. Although new, this unit has already worked with the Defence Housing Authority on the development of requirements in Palmerston for 1200 blocks that will be released over time. The establishment of the first tier Rangeland Monitoring System is nearing completion and the second tier methodologies and program are now being developed. This will provide scientific data on land conditions on a regional and Territory basis, and $250 000 has been provided in the budget for this purpose. It is vital for the development of the Territory that land is available to meet the demands of economic expansion. The Strategic Land Use Program has an allocation $948 000 to enable it to carry out its strategic planning activities. The proposed developments at the East Arm Peninsula are illustrative of the many significant projects the program has under way across the Territory. Let us not forget the potential of the Commonwealths native title legislation to delay the release of land needed for the social and economic development of the Territory. My department is developing initiatives to minimise delays and, in the last budget, we provided $236 000 for the conversion to digital form of the historical land records that are essential to establishing native title status. In this budget, a further $120 000 has been provided for additional staff to assist in this work. The capture of this information on computer system will make the information much more accessible, not only to government agencies but also to the private sector through the Land Information System. An earlier decision to contract out project survey and mapping services has led to modest growth in this area of the private sector. This budget provides for the following contract expenditure in 1995-96: aerial photography - $150 000; contract mapping - $250 000; and contract survey - $500 000. In addition, a network of survey stations within the national framework is being established across the Territory which will allow much wider use of satellite positioning systems by industry and the community generally. In addition to the national program, $400 000 will be allocated for contract work by the private sector to density the number of survey marks in developed areas. This will enable the land boundaries to be surveyed, using satellite GPS technology, and managed, using the departments Land Information System. The department continues to develop its information technology, and much of our land information can now be delivered in electronic or paper form very quickly. This provides major support to the departments planners who are continuing with the implementation of objective-driven, performance-based planning following the introduction of the new Planning Act in 1994. $300 000 has been allocated for this work in 1995-96. 3490

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