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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 31 May 2001



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 31 May 2001

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Parliamentary Record 28


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 31 May 2001 The strategy contains six key objectives: improved road user behaviour; increased community awareness; ownership of and participation in road safety; continued enhancement of those existing measures which have demonstrated road safety benefits; greater use of research analysis and benchmarking; improved Territory roads; and safer vehicles. Under the strategy, there is a wide variety of activities all aimed at reducing trauma on Territory roads. These activities include: working in conjunction with Aboriginal community police officers; road safety officers delivering broad road safety messages and education into remote communities; broadcasting specific Aboriginal road safety messages in traditional languages aimed at high risk groups and activities; promotion of safer driving and road safety to international visitors through the use of print, video and audio information in seven foreign languages; working in close conjunction with car hire companies to ensure visitors are better equipped to cope with driving conditions; delivery of specific road safety education to children; incorporation of road safety considerations into the engineering design of new roads; targeted police enforcement of speeding, drink driving and non-use of seat belts; the development of an appropriate fatigue management system for commercial heavy vehicles; continuous involvement of the community through the Northern Territory Road Safety Council and regional committees; continuous improvement in the treatment of victims of road trauma and research on the principal causes of crashes, the best means to address these causes as well as the identification of groups at high risk and high risk locations. These activities are continuously being refined and improved to ensure the efforts of the government and the community are as effective as possible. The road safety strategy represents a coordinated approach across government and the community to reduce the cost to the community of accidents and the trauma resulting from those accidents. Coordinated implementation of the strategy by the action plan currently being developed should see the objective of a 10% reduction in road fatality rates per capita achieved by 2003. The strategy reinforces the commitment of this government to addressing this major issue, an issue of importance to all Territorians. I commend the strategy to the House and move that the Assembly take note of the strategy. Debate adjourned. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT AustralAsia Railway Mr BURKE (AustralAsia RaUway): Mr Speaker, it is a privilege to make this statement to the Assembly today. 20 April 2001 was an historic day for the Northern Territory of Australia. On that day we signed the last of 179 legal documents in Sydney to achieve financial close for the AustralAsia Railway. The true significance of this project, however, is not the hurdles of paperwork we have had to jump, but the historic, symbolic and economic significance of that day. It was historically significant because the railway has been a dream of Territorians for decades. It is a project every Chief Minister since self-government has striven to deliver. It is symbolic because, just as the lack of a railway reflected the isolation that retarded the Territorys growth, the new railway signifies a new world of transport that will put Darwin squarely on the regional transport map. The railway is symbolic of the opportunities that will be ripe for the picking in the Territory in the next few years. The reality of a new trade route across Australia combined with billions of dollars of oil and gas developments has Territorians excited. There is an air of optimism around the place which is matched by the number of interstate companies coming into town to look at investment opportunities. The railway is economically significant because, while other states are in the doldrums, the Territorys rosy economic future will broaden our economic base, provide jobs and new skills and challenge businesses to compete on a national stage for the world-class developments we are seeing in the Northern Territory. Finally, the railway is symbolic of the new partnership approach between the public and private sectors to provide important infrastructure that used to be built entirely by governments. The national rail network, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, utilities, tunnels and dams were all funded by governments which bore their inefficiencies, operating losses and maintenance costs. The Alice Springs to Darwin railway is funded largely by a private sector consortium which has put $800 million on the line. The Asia Pacific Transport Company will also bear the operating risk for the next 50 years as well as bringing significant new capabilities to the Territory. Territorians have every right to feel proud and satisfied with our achievement. Our challenge, now that we have a legally binding contract for the 7754