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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, recreational and community groups and peak sporting bodies. In yesterdays statement I provided a horde of examples where sport and recreation groups in every comer of the NT benefit from this program. All Territorians have the opportunity to benefit through the programs of my department. The focus has always been on encouraging sport and recreational leisure among Territorians of all ages and all walks of life. It is a commitment we are extremely proud of on this side of the House. A major announcement within the 2001-02 budget is the commitment to establish a further multipurpose sporting complex at Marrara. This facility, with an overall price tag of around $4.3m, will be built immediately behind Spectrum Stadium and will serve the needs of Territory basketball along with other sports such as netball and volleyball. The Northern Territory government will provide $3m with the Darwin Basketball Association providing an additional $1.3m through their links with the Casuarina Sports Club. When complete, the complex will be fully air-conditioned and will feature full sized courts with sprung timber floors to accommodate basketball and netball. This is an international class facility. It will add to the appeal of the Marrara Complex. It will assist Territory sporting associations to improve their games and attract national championships. Netball is an obvious beneficiary and I have directed my department to work with netball and other interest groups to ensure the facility presents maximum opportunities. This government is also committed to an exciting range of programs for Territory sport in 2001-02. These include expansion of elite coaches at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport. Funding of $517 000 is provided for this program in 2001-02. The program will include a new NTIS Rugby Union coach which builds on the six elite coaches at NTIS. $67 000 in funding has been provided for this position which includes partial salary funding by Northern Territory Rugby Union of $30 000. There will be an expansion of the Indigenous Sports Program, or ISP, with a funding increase of $54 000 in 2001-02. This program will now support seven program officers across the Northern Territory. The Indigenous Sports Program supports remote communities by having staff available to work with community based recreation officers to deliver quality programs. This government is also committed to the Alice Springs Masters Games in October 2002 with the majority of the funding for these games being provided in 2001-02. A budget of around $395 000 has been included for the 2002 Alice Masters. The department has also allocated $73 000 towards the annual NT Sports Awards which bring elite coaches, athletes and officials to centre stage each year. In closing, I am delighted to present the budgets for Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Education and NTETA to Territorians. It will build on the good work of this government to ensure Territorians enjoy the best community facilities, educational opportunities and career choices. I commend the Treasurer, Mr Mike Reed, on this his sixth budget and I commend it to the House. Mr RIOLI (Arafura): Mr Speaker, I rise to contribute to the debate on the budget handed down by the Treasurer on Tuesday. In relation to my electorate of Arafura, there does not seem to be much to highlight. For my shadow responsibilities, at least there has been a bit of interest and support for some of the projects around the Territory. We have just heard from the member for Nelson in relation to his responsibilities for sport. He talked of the governments responsibilities to Territorians and delivering a lifestyle which they are happy with. But as I mentioned the other day, I thought it was the governments responsibility to deliver for the various groups around the Territory, the interest groups, the sporting clubs, organisations which help in organising activities and programs within their respective communities. The minister did make mention of the new indoor stadium which will make a big difference to basketball, to netball and to other indoor sports. The Spectrum Stadium at times, especially during the wet season, does become uncomfortable for players and spectators. At one time I was participating in competitions on a regular basis. During the wet season, spray from the heavy rains would find its way onto the courts. Some of the courts became slippeiy and quite dangerous. I have been there some mornings and nights watching the games and it can become uncomfortable, especially during the wet season when it is humid. It becomes uncomfortable for not only the players but for the spectators. I remember watching some of the junior games on a Saturday morning and even I found it uncomfortable and hot. I wondered how hot it would have been for the young kids - under 10s, under 12s, under 14s - who were learning to play the game that morning in the stadium. So no doubt, basketball will be planning to move into this new facility. It sounds like it is going to be a great facility, being air 7784