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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 against girls and women. An additional position is to be provided in 1995-96 and another position in 1996-97. Funding for the Training for Retail and Commerce (TRAC) program is to be extended to Alice Springs with an allocation of S32 000, and the Darwin program will be extended to include tourism and hospitality with funding increasing to $85 000. Additional funding of $488 000 in 1995-96 is to be provided to non-government schools for financial assistance towards the construction of building projects totalling $4m or more. $33 000 and an additional position have been provided for expansion of the Studies of Asia program. $62 000 has been allocated for the employment of a rehabilitation coordinator to develop appropriate preventive and rehabilitation policies for the departments employees. Funding for the Arafura Youth Games is to increase by 50% and that will enable student levies to be contained as much as possible. The 1995-96 capital works program for the Department of Education provides for projects totalling $ 14.5m. The main new project is stage 1 of a preschool and primary school in the Darwin rural area at a program cost of $5m. In Katherine, a new boarding facility is to be built for Katherine House, at a cost of $2.8m, to be concluded by the end of 1996. That will accommodate those bush students from pastoral families and from remote Aboriginal families who want to come into Katherine, reside at the boarding school and attend the local government schools. Stage 1 of extensions to Katherine High School will be undertaken at a cost of $ 1.5m and some additional work will be done in the following year. Taminmin High is another expanding school. It will be subject to some expansion at a cost of $lm to increase student capacity, and further works again in the following year. In remote areas, $294 000 has been programmed for additional facilities at Walungurru school, Kintore. A homeland centre school at Buluhkarduru, Maningrida, has been programmed at a cost of $179 000 and an administration and staff amenities block at OLSH Wadeye has been programmed at $682 000. That will please the member for Victoria River who has been a great advocate of that project. The final stage in the planned redevelopment of Nightcliff Primary School will be undertaken at a cost of $255 000. Repairs and maintenance of school facilities continue to be a priority and this budget provides an allocation of $9.6m for that purpose. At Batchelor College, the 1995-96 budget provides for an allocation of $17.5m compared with $18.4m last year. The budget provides for the construction of new facilities for the Schools of Health Studies and Community Studies at the Batchelor Campus at a program cost of $2.5m. The 4-building complex will incorporate a model health clinic, a classroom and seminar block, and some office space. The difference between the allocations for this year and last year, which the honourable member picked up, is explained in the budget papers as covering one-off programs. An amount of $85 000 has been provided for conducting a major round of community consultations throughout the Territory on the future role and status of the college. During the year, the college will spend about $360 000 around the Territory, through agreements with communities, for the provision of facilities and services, such as accommodation and communications to support community-based teaching. To manage regional activities, some additional coordinators will be deployed at a cost of $73 000 each. 3509