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Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 28 February 2001



Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 28 February 2001

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Parliamentary Record 27


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 28 February 2001 they matter? Why have you not put speed signs out front of our school to protect our children? I am not quite sure why. I dont know what the answer is but I would like the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Development to come into the House and tell us exactly why this one school, which is a private school, has been neglected. Why are those children not being protected from the traffic as others are? I know that the public and private schools in Alice Springs all have signs in front. It is a simple question, and I think it is up to the minister to give me a reply. Also, sometime ago, the Department of Transport and Works did a survey. Larapinta Drive goes from four lanes, to a roundabout, to two lanes. It is an extremely dangerous section of the road in Ahce Springs. Transport and Works put a proposal up and there was $lm was allocated in last years budget to actually do works to widen and duplicate the road so it was four lanes, roundabout, four lanes, roundabout. Which obviously made sense. As it is now, we have had many accidents on the roundabout comer, many accidents along the way, and delays at the next crossing. When they looked at what they budgeted, they found they didnt budget enough. But there was much pubhc consultation in the process and this is the final report. Residents came along to a meeting and put forward their point of view. The people from Transport and Works, and I think it was Dave Rolland, did an excellent job listening to the people and trying to solve their differences. They had problems with the roundabout. Residents of these houses, somehow or other, have to get onto the road and you cant back onto the road. So it is extremely difficult. They made a roundabout at a congested comer, Lovegrove Drive going on to Larapinta Drive. The end result satisfied the Araluen people, the caravan park people, and the residents who lived along here. In fact, they were delighted that Transport and Works had actually done such a good job in consultation - asking them their opinion of how to do this duplication without causing too much problems. Over the last 12 months, the member for Araluen and I have spoken to the minister on a number of occasions about this particular road and the duplication. The only answer we both have had so far is: I am not spending $3m on a road in Ahce Springs. That attitude is an indictment on the minister. I know budget time is coming up. There is no doubt that many projects such as this will be on the books and Cabinet will have to decide what they will fund. But this road is a dangerous road. The minister knows that. His department knows. The department has recommended that this work be done. So there is no reason for him to say No, when it is a recommendation for safety reasons that this duplication occur. This road borders Braitling and Araluen and so I add that, politically, he is satisfying two electorates by making sure it is done. I ask the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Development to look very seriously at this project when doing budget allocations. Remember, it was a promise to the people of Alice Springs 18 months ago. The member for Araluen and myself both support this duplication, and I certainly think it is time that it was done. Ms MARTIN (Fannie Bay): Mr Deputy Speaker, I will pick up some of the comments on the speed limits by the member for Braitling. It is interesting you mention Yipirinya School. Ludmilla School, which is on Bagot Road, doesnt have that 50 km sign by it, and I am certain that Darwin High doesnt as well, being on East Point Road. Perhaps there is some reason for that, but I think you have raised a good point there. Last night in the adjournment debate I talked about my overseas trip that I made with the member for Stuart. I talked about what we did in Greece, and then I talked specifically about the visit to the island of Kalymnos. Tonight I would like to talk about our visit, which was a short one, to the island of Cyprus. Two and a half days was never going to be enough to do justice to Cyprus, let alone Nicosia. But on the trip in January, we - that is the member for Stuart, his wife Theodora, and I - certainly tried: A meeting with President Clerides; the hospitality, wit and wisdom of Presidential Commissioner Manolis Christofides; a greater understanding of the impact of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the eastern part of Cyprus; the barb wire winding through the city of Nicosia, called the Green Line; a visit to the 800-year-old monastery of Makheras and tea with the abbot there; and learning about icons at the Byzantine Museum in Nicosia. The primary reason for visiting Nicosia was to talk to the education and culture minister, Ouraniou Ionnides, about what language and cultural support the Cypriot government could offer to Cypriots living in Darwin and the Territory. There are 750 000 Cypriots in Cyprus, and that same number again spread around the world. So there is a very strong commitment from the Cyprus government to language and culture for their expats. The education minister, his education secretary, Dr Petros Kareklas, and his cultural services director, Dr Stelios Hadjistyllis, are now examining how Darwins Cypriot community can be better included 7554

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