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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 Private sector building certification was another significant initiative introduced in 1993-94. Its success continues to grow. We are continuing our support for this area of the private sector and a further $30 000 will be spent this year on the Deemed to Comply Manual that is used widely by industry. The government continues to subsidise users for the cost of private certification in remote areas, and has allocated $50 000 in this budget for this purpose We have not forgotten the young people of the Territory. My department has in place a very successful employment program which not only provides job opportunities for young Territorians but also builds on the departments ability to deliver services to the community. This program contains a number of schemes covering young school leavers, technical trainees, school leavers with Year 12 qualifications and graduate trainees with and without postgraduate work experience. $400 000 will be allocated to these activities. In 1995-96, my department will implement a comprehensive Aboriginal employment and career development strategy which will have a direct link to these programs. As I mentioned earlier, one of the important roles of my department is to support Territory economic development through the provision of land and related infrastructure. In this context, the departments capital works program plays a key role. Under the capital works program, $ 14.4m has been approved within the land administration activity. The major items here are $2.1m for stage 3 completion of the headworks for Rosebery subdivision in Palmerston. This will complete the governments commitment to provide headworks to the 4 areas in Rosebery and Bakewell that are being developed privately. There is an allocation of $lm for stage 2 of Palmerston town centre. This will complete the construction of Palmerston Circuit and a connection to the Stuart Highway, as well as providing services to additional land within the town centre for commercial development. There is provision of $405 000 for the second stage of Lambells Lagoon. This will provide road access and upgraded power supply to 5 more allotments for horticultural use on the southern side of the Arnhem Highway. An allocation of $300 000 has been made for stage 1 of Beresford Road in the Yarrawonga Industrial Area. This will provide 20 more allotments in the commercial service area of Palmerston. Provision of $140 000 has been made for the second stage of the Humpty Doo subdivision which will provide an additional 6 allotments of industrial land. An amount of $284 000 has been provided for the maintenance of Crown land in and around urban centres. The Land Acquisition Program is another area of significant expenditure where over $3.5m has been made available to provide for additions to the Territorys parks and reserves, and to acquire property required for land and infrastructure to support the Territorys development. An example is the acquisition of a pastoral lease to provide suitable land for the expansion of the Ord River horticultural scheme. It is the governments vision that strong, efficient, accountable local government will be available to provide services to all Territorians. In the urban context, this means the continued maturing of municipal councils and high performance in a contemporary business world, where the delivery of local government services is backed by lean, progressive administrations committed to achieving set objectives. During 1995-96, the government will distribute a total of $8.6m in untied grants to municipal councils. These will consist of approximately $4.3m in federal assistance grants and $3.9m in local roads funding. In the smaller centres and remote communities of the Territory, the challenge is to ensure access to and delivery of the full range of local government services that are available to other Australians. As for councils other than 3491

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