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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 Amadeus Basin to Darwin gas pipeline, Channel Island power station, and the 132 KV transmission line between Darwin and Katherine. Over the past year, PAWA has been involved in mining-related projects, including an input in the provision of power for Union Reefs, Pine Creek Gold, Rustlers Roost, Toms Gully, Mt Todd, Woodcutters, Cosmo Howley and Warrego mines. In the next financial year, PAWA will take the environmentally friendly step of removing from a number of Territory power stations all fire extinguisher systems that use halon - an ozone-depleting substance. The authority has a total of up to 14 t of halon in its facilities throughout the Territory and the project to remove it will cost $2.5m. Another project in which PAWA will play an integral part is the Commonwealth governments Army Presence in the North (APIN) program which involves the relocation of more defence units to the Top End. To cope with the increasing number of troops moving to Robertson Barracks at Palmerston, PAWA will be doubling the size of the existing water supply. The $1.5m project will provide enough water for defence personnel relocating to the barracks under APIN to the year 2001. In other water projects, PAWA will undertake a $300 000 project this year to separate Karama effectively from the Casuarina and Stuart Park zones, increasing the storage availability in the Karama zone and improving the reliability of the water supply for the entire Darwin area. Moving on to the provision of electricity, a $1.3m project in PAWAs works program for next year will improve the systems ability to cope with an increasing demand for power in Darwins city and industrial areas and in Palmerston. The work will involve upgrading 2 former Stokes Hill power station transformers which have been kept in storage awaiting their re-use in todays system. The use of these 2 transformers will increase the capacity of the Snell Street zone substation which supplies the Darwin industrial areas. At current load rates, this work is expected to provide sufficient capacity to satisfy demand in all 3 affected zones into the next century, thus reducing the possibility of outages at peak loads. For Katherine, continued demand from the Royal Australian Air Force base at Tindal will result next year in work to increase electricity supply to the base. This $lm project will be paid for partially by the Australian Defence Force. The total allocation for PAWA: Aboriginal Essential Services in 1995-96 includes $26m for operational costs and $6.8m in capital expenditure. The minor new works program for PAWA: Aboriginal Essential Services is allocated $4.2m, which incorporates $2.1m for power-related works, $1.7m for water works, and $283 000 for sewerage works. For power, work will include installation of new generators and control systems, extending and upgrading distribution networks, installation of prepayment meters, and augmentation of fuel storage across the Territory. For water, works include drilling and equipping bores and construction of water mains and new elevated and ground-level tanks to improve community water supplies. Sewerage works include extensions and upgrading of mains, rehabilitation of sewage ponds and installation of control systems. A further $5.6m has been allocated for repairs and maintenance of existing services. In Aboriginal communities, major projects will be carried out at Hermannsburg and Palumpa. At Palumpa, $200 000 has been allocated to investigate and drill a new borefield 3540