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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 efficiency; upgrading security in the industries area with the construction of a gatehouse and office; and renovating the prison medical room, and constructing interview rooms for professional visitors such as legal advisers. A major maintenance program will also be undertaken with the main focus being the repair of badly leaking roofs in some of the cell blocks. These leaks have prevented the use of some cells during the wet season, and this will be corrected this dry season. Trials of a Unit Management Program will also begin at Darwin Prison this year with the aim of improving the efficiency of prison management. The expansion of prison industries, including community work projects, will continue in 1995-96. The aim of these programs is to reduce the high cost of imprisonment, to provide prisoners with work skills, and to maintain and enhance community assets. In addition to the agricultural and meat production activities at Gunn Point, a new project which manufactures roofing trusses has been established at Alice Springs with benefits for both the prison and the local building industry. In the community corrections area, the expanded Aboriginal Community Corrections Officer Program will continue to be supported by this government. A total of 10 Aboriginal community corrections officers are now employed around the Territory, and this number will expand to 14 in 1995-96. Aboriginal communities are also involved in the criminal justice process through the Community Detention Program, which is an adaptation of the Home Detention Program. This program places offenders under the supervision of their home community to undertake their court orders. Such offenders thereby avoid correctional institutions and are able to maintain their involvement in their local communities where this is desirable. This program has already worked well in a number of small communities, and the department aims to promote its use to communities across the Territory in 1995-96. I turn now to the Department of Sport and Recreation. Sport and recreation has been allocated $9.807m in 1995-96, compared with $11.396m in 1994-95. The reduction of $1.553m is largely the result of the completion of 2 projects. There is a reduction of $ lm in grant payments to the NT Rugby League following the completion of the new grandstand. This was funded with 2 equal payments of $lm in 1993-94 and 1994-95. There is a further reduction of $455 000 in the Major Events Program as a result of the biennial cycle of the Honda Masters Games and the Arafura Sports Festival. This expenditure will increase proportionately again in 1996-97 when these events next occur. The 1995-96 budget represents expenditure of $71 per Territorian compared with the national average of about $14 per head. This reflects this governments commitment to providing all Territorians with the opportunity to participate in sporting and recreational activities. There is always considerable pressure on the departments grants program. For 1995-96, the department received more than 1000 grant bids totalling more than $19m from 182 individual organisations. Clearly, even with the Grants Program totalling more than $5m, it is not possible to satisfy everyone. During 1995-96, $1.2m will be spent on developing facilities for 70 organisations around the Territory. Major projects in this category include: further redevelopment of Traeger Park in Alice Springs, at $50 000, and Freds Pass Reserve in Darwins rural area, at $45 000; renovations and improvements for the Chung Wah Society, at $20 000; and improvements to netball courts in Nhulunbuy, at $20 000. A further $1.5m will be expended 3544