Questions Day 5 - Wednesday 25 August 2004
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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 25 August 2004 governments incompetence in supervising Territorians investment in the railway? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I do not know the details of the operation of Katherine rail. There is a good reason why I am not intimately involved, because it is actually run by FCL. Territory taxpayers paid for the building of those terminals, and we worked closely with GSR and FreightLink in doing that. The running of those is something we are, of course, concerned about it, if it is not working at its best. However, the operation is in the hands of FCL. The work with the stations is done through the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment. However, as Minister for the AustralAsia Railway, I will take up the issue raised by the member for Brennan, because the new trade route is a massive infrastructure project - $ 1.3bn. We have to make it work the best we can, for both passengers and freight, for all Territorians. Dundee Beach - Electricity Supply Mrs AAGAARD to MINISTER for ESSENTIAL SERVICES The Martin Labor government is committed to extending the power supply to Dundee. Can you please advise the House of progress with the electricity supply to Dundee, and the benefits that are flowing to Territory business? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. Yes, this was an election commitment of this government and we are honouring it, as I have said a number of times in this House. I am pleased to inform the House that two of the major contracts to carry out this work have, indeed, been given to Territory companies. Foremost Pty Ltd have won the contract to do the power poles, which is valued at approximately $830 000. The supply of the 320 km of conductor has been given to Power Grid Cables NT Pty Ltd at a value of $830 000. That is approximately $1.7m worth of contracts that have gone to local Territory companies, and I applaud that. As I have said before in the House, there is 100 km of 22 kV line, which will supply approximately 1000 properties. It will go from the McMinns substation all the way to Dundee. I am also proud to announce that construction is planned to commence next month. It will take approximately 12 months to reach the Dundee area. The first package of work is due to commence in three weeks when the first power pole will be put in the ground. I hope to be out there celebrating that. Maybe the member for Goyder might like to come out as well. We will have a beer together there, or maybe turn a bit of earth, because it is a great project, and it is certainly welcomed by the residents of Dundee. We should never forget that there are a hell of a lot of people in Darwin who own blocks at Dundee. As I have said a number of times, I go to the Rapid Creek markets nearly every Sunday, and people come up to me and say: Fantastic! I have a block at Dundee, and good on your government for doing it because we have been waiting a long time for it. Tennant Creek Railway Terminal Mr BURKE to CHIEF MINISTER Leading up to the completion of the Alice to Darwin railway, all you had to do as leader of the Labor government was to build three passenger terminals. Even your own member for Barkly cringed at the lean-to you constructed at Tennant Creek. Further, you decided, in your incompetent handling of the issue, that you would scrap the construction of raised platforms at the terminals, which has become the single biggest complaint of passengers on the train. The CLP is committed to build those platforms. Will you make the same commitment? ANSWER Madam Speaker, the question contains a line, our incompetent handling of the issue. Implicit in that, he is saying to GSR that they are incompetent, because ... M r Dunham: No, you - your platform. Ms MARTIN: No, it is implicit in that, because the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment got together with GSR, worked through the requirements that they had, and what was built, in principle, was the same that had worked in Alice Springs for many years. I notice that the CLP, when in government, did not think that the Alice Springs station did not work - never heard a word on that. We worked very closely with GSR. We met their requirements on building those terminals. I recognise that we did not quite do the job in Tennant Creek; and we fixed it. I mentioned this last week. A $140 000 contract was let out to a local company to do some of that further work on the 1179
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