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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 through the capital works program for the construction of a community recreation centre at Katherine. The overall cost of the facility will be $3m, with the cost being funded equally over the 2 financial years 1995-96 and 1996-97. 1995-96 will also see the completion of the Micket Creek Shooting Complex at an overall cost of $4.54m. More than $1.5m has been allocated under the sports development program to sporting organisations to assist with such things as travel, operational expenses, office accommodation, salary assistance and special events. This year, emphasis will be placed on encouraging Territory sport and recreation events of major national and international significance that can directly benefit the Northern Territory as opposed to interstate representation. This strategy is seen as contributing to the overall development of the respective activities and ultimately to an improved standard of performance from Territory athletes. Honourable members will be aware of this governments commitment to establish a Northern Territory Sports Institute during this term. As a precursor to the setting up of the institute, an amount of $100 000 has been budgeted in 1995-96 to enable Territory sports associations to bring elite coaches to Alice Springs and Darwin for special coaching clinics. Up to 40 sports are expected to take advantage of this offer which will broaden the availability of top class coaches to all sports and not just a select group of 5 or 6 as has been provided for previously under the coaches-in-residence scheme. This will also allow the institute to determine its requirements for coaching expertise instead of being locked into an historic situation from day one that may not meet the requirements of the institutes future directions. This years NT Sports Awards have again highlighted the developing pool of high performance athletes at national and international levels. Our top athletes will be able to draw again on the Sports Scholarships Scheme with its allocation of $50 000. In cooperation with the Australian Sports Commission, the department has advertised for a talent search coordinator as part of the Olympic Athlete Program. The position will ensure that talented Territory athletes will not miss out on the 1996 and Year 2000 Olympic Games opportunities. In cooperation with the Australian Sports Commission and AUSSIE Sport, the department will again export personnel and expertise to Indonesia in the sports science and train-the-trainer areas. During the recent Arafura Sports Festival, I met the governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, Dr Somchai Prafertfiripan. The Territory will assist Thailand with coaching expertise in one or two sports to be identified by Dr Somchai and he has suggested that Thailand could assist with the introduction of sepaktakraw in the Territory. As a result of the very successful 1994 WISAR Weekend, and the subsequent recognition of its success by the 1995 Women in Sport Prime Ministerial Awards, the WISAR Weekend will be conducted again next year. A proposal has also been instigated through the Sports and Recreation Ministers Council suggesting that the WISAR Weekend be held on a national basis. Through the Active Girls Program, girls between the ages of 12 and 20 are being encouraged to take up or maintain an interest in physical activity. This program will continue with the departments support during 1995-96. Other existing programs such as AUSSIE Sport and the Volunteer Improvement Program will also be maintained. In the recreation area, some $1.5m will be provided in 1995-96 for approved Territory-wide recreation programs. A total of $443 500 has been committed to assist with full-time and part-time salaries of Aboriginal recreation officers and with the administration 3545