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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 1994-95 budget. Among other regular activities, this program will include: $500 000 to undertake the Mt Peake airborne geophysical survey near Barrow Creek; $445 000 to undertake the Limbunya airborne geophysical survey in the western VRD region; $800 000 for regional geological mapping on a 1:250 000 scale of Urapunga, Roper River, Milingimbi and MtMarumba sheets; $10 000 for the compilation of the completed Ayers Rock 1:250 000 scale mapping sheet; $270 000 for commencement of the mapping field work for the Petermann 1:250 000 map sheet; $174 000 for commencement of geological mapping field work on the Helen Springs 1:250 000 map sheet; and $20 000 for the publication of the second edition Tennant Creek 1:250 000 map and notes. The department has recently recruited several additional geologists and aims to publish the geological survey work as quickly as possible. Additional resources have been allocated also to the land access division. This division will devote the majority of its resources to facilitating mapping access for the geological survey division in areas such as western Amhem Land, the Petermann Ranges, Bloods Range and Timber Creek. The department is following up work in those areas to ascertain community aspirations in relation to future exploration and mining. In addition, the division will assist industry to access Aboriginal land by promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and discussing the concerns and aspirations of traditional owners. The departments Titles Administration Branch now enjoys an excellent reputation across the country but, as always, we are looking at ways of improvement. This financial year, the branch will complete the development of a database which will improve management of mining titles, and further expand industrys access to the departments geological information. My department will be embarking on an initiative in 1995-96 to promote fossicking in the Northern Territory. A detailed program is being formulated covering issues such as prospective land available for fossicking, licensing, infrastructure, legislation, community and industry involvement, and marketing. The mining industry and landholders will play a key role in formulating the program in order to achieve a plan which is workable for all parties. The government is keen to promote fossicking as a major tourism activity, with the Territory featuring some of Australias most prospective fields. While gem enthusiasts are aware of the Territorys fossicking potential, considerable scope exists to expand this activity. The program is scheduled for completion in 1996. Finally, I turn to the Power and Water Authority which has been allocated $262.8m for 1995-96. This includes $215m for commercial services, $37.4m for Aboriginal essential services and $10.4m for water resources. While the authoritys minor new works and capital works program of $ 17m for commercial services in 1995-96 does not include any single major infrastructure projects, it does involve a series of smaller projects. This reflects the fact that the authority has adequate infrastructure in place for normal growth in the system over the next few years. The only exception in this regard is Alice Springs where generation augmentation is required by 1997-98. This project is currently on the design list. Significantly, the role of government is reducing in the energy generation sector as private sector investors become involved in large projects such as that at McArthur River. In many respects, PAWA has embarked on a period of consolidation in the mid-1990s, with many of the major infrastructure needs having been provided earlier by this government. For an investment of $ 1500m, PAWA has already commissioned new infrastructure across the Territory including the 1500 km 3539