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Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997

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Title

Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997

Other title

Parliamentary Record 1

Collection

Questions for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001

Date

1997-11-27

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Questions

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/279443

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418863

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QUESTIONS - Thursday 27 November 1997 We have employed a consultant to undertake a land-use objectives study for the entire peninsula. I will receive the results of that study in April 1998. I undertake that we will give exactly the same priority to the good people of the Finniss Peninsula as we give to the consideration of provision of underground cabling to the city of Darwin, on a cost basis. Suburban Land-Use Objectives Studies Mr HATTON to MINISTER for PLANNING I refer to correspondence that I received from his predecessor in M y of this year in response to a request by me for a comprehensive land-use objectives study of the NightcliffTRapid Creek/Millner/Coconut Grove area. His predecessor gave an undertaking that there would be such a land-use objectives study, but it would take its priority after the existing development study being conducted in the Parap project area. I ask the minister a 3-part question. Firstly, will he confirm the undertaking by his predecessor that the NightcliffTRapid Creek area land-use objectives study will be done immediately following the study being conducted in the Stuart Park/Parap/Fannie Bay area? Secondly, when does he expect that study to commence? Thirdly, will he ensure that there is a high level of community consultation in that process? Will he support the undertaking by his predecessor that the moratorium on any rezoning of further medium-density development in the NightcliffTRapid Creek area will be continued? Would he be prepared to consider down-zoning to prevent redevelopment, provided it can be demonstrated that all the affected landowners support the proposal? ANSWER Madam Speaker, in relation to the land-use objectives study for the Nightcliff area, I can confirm that the government intends to embark on that process. I can confirm that the Nightcliff study will follow on from the Darwin southern suburbs land-use objectives study. I cannot put a definite time frame on that. We have circulated only recently the issues paper relating to Darwin southern suburbs. I anticipate that that will take some time. In respect of the assurance the member sought in relation to rezoning in the Nightcliff area, I cannot give such an assurance on a broad scale. I can assure him that any rezonings will be adequately advertised and the public will be consulted. I am unsure what applications may flow through in the meantime, and I am not prepared to give a broad-based undertaking that no rezonings will occur. In relation to down-zoning, if landowners - and I mean 100% of landowners in a particular area - are content to have their land down-zoned from, say, R2 to R l, we would consider that. However, where landowners are not prepared to down-zone their land, I certainly would not do that arbitrarily. As the minister would be aware, that would be acquisition of property and, in the terms of the Self-Government Act, we would be required to pay compensation. Old Alice Springs Jail Mr TOYNE to MINISTER for PLANNING Yesterday, the minister said he intended to knock over the old Alice Springs jail. Does he accept that this action is opposed by the majority of Alice Springs people? The council survey shows that 61% of people want the buildings retained. Will the minister tell this House why he is so intent on riding roughshod over the wishes of the majority of Alice Springs people? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I do not accept that the majority of the people of Alice Springs are opposed to the demolition of the old Alice Springs jail. Given that I do not accept that premise, the answer to the rest of the question is probably irrelevant. However, let me say that the government intends to continue with the process of the demolition of the jail. We will clear the site and make part it available for commercial development, for the better planning and the better development of the town of Alice Springs. Government Electronic Mail System Dr LIM to MINISTER for COMMUNICATIONS There are many advantages in using the governments electronic mailing system. I personally use it on a daily basis. Has the public service and the opposition picked up on the technology? 34


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