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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 Government has committed some $200 000 towards this project. Last week, the Chief Minister and I attended the opening of the $5m Palmerston Learning Space. This facility will act as a catalyst for innovation in online and self-based learning. Over the next year the NTU will enhance its rapidly developing reputation as a centre for excellence in information technology in Palmerston. Courses at the NTU and other Territory vocational education and training institutions are specifically tailored to the demands for skills in the workforce. I can report that the NTU is focussing on partnerships such as: information technology programs for Nabalco in Nhulunbuy and off the job delivery of Year 1 apprenticeships by NTU and Nabalco staff; support of GEMCOs Aboriginal Employment Strategy combining employment with education and training to meet the needs of GEMCO employees including literacy, numeracy, horticulture, workplace assessing and training, computer/office skills and front line management; the delivery of Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery targeting adults with a 98% success rate in employment; and the development of Back to Basics Food for Life Certificate 1 in Kitchen Operations for Aboriginal communities. Looking down the track, I am delighted to report the Batchelor Institute is becoming recognised as Australias premier institution in the field of indigenous education. Batchelor College became Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education - that is, BUTE - and achieved independent status on 1 July 1999. This government will provide $6m to the institute for it to meet the current and emerging needs in indigenous education and training. An expanded range of courses will be provided in 200102 to support tourism in Central Australia following the completion of the new $5m Tourism and Hospitality and Catering Training Centre at Centralian College. So many of these budget commitments are linked to the NT Governments Foundations for Our Future blueprint. Underpinning the achievement of the Foundations for Our Future strategies is vocational education and training or VET. Public and private training providers are now ensuring their programs are aligned with governments directions. I have great pleasure in advising the House this government has recognised the need for training for major projects. $150 000 worth of skills based training courses have already been provided in Tennant Creek, Katherine and Alice Springs to provide work- ready people for the railway. NTETA has also identified an initial amount in this years budget of $250 000 for training for the railway over the next few months. It is expected that funds will be allocated as training needs are further identified and refined by ADrail in addition to specific ADrail funding training. Appropriate apprenticeships for major projects such as the railway and oil and gas as well as Agribusiness are already available to meet emerging training needs. These apprenticeships are funded on a recurrent basis through a budget of $23.7m paid to major training providers such as the NTU, Batchelor Institute and Centralian College. These include apprenticeships in drilling, welding, fitting and machining, computing, computing in control systems as well as agriculture and horticulture. In 2001-2002 the government will again provide Northern Territory Government scholarships for university and VET students. There are 40 scholarships of $3500 per annum available for higher education and 10 scholarships of $ 1750 per annum for VET. In addition, the 10 students who receive the highest Year 12 results receive a one-off payment of $1500. Honourable members, earlier this year I was privileged to meet these high achievers when I presented their awards. It was pleasing to hear from the students and their parents that initiatives such as the scholarships are highly valued and indicate government support for young Territorians. Turning to the Department of Sport and Recreation, yesterday I delivered a statement to Parliament which confirmed our status as a region of sporting excellence. When it comes to presenting the Territory as a world class sporting destination this government comes up with the goods time and time again. When it comes to providing the necessary budget to support our elite athletes or our weekend recreational sports men and women or our budding champions of tomorrow in our youth, we deliver. This government will continue to encourage and support all Territorians to participate in sport, recreational and physical activity. It will continue to provide first class sporting and recreational facilities and continue to provide in excess of $5m per annum directly for the benefit of sport and recreation groups across the Territory. The 2001-02 NT budget for Sport and Recreation is $ 12.806m. It is shared between providing sport and recreation services to the community, $7.896m; optimising opportunities and performance of athletes through the Institute of $2.344m; and managing quality competitions such as Arafura and the Masters, $2.566m. Of the $5.2m made available to fund sport and recreation groups across the NT in 2001-02, I can advise this money will be distributed between organisations such as schools, local 7783