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Questions Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003



Questions Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003

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QUESTIONS - Thursday 19 June 2003 2979 km. The Ghan will stop, as it does now, in Alice Springs. However, we can extend that journey going through to Tennant Creek, Katherine and, finally, Darwin. Passengers will have the opportunity to get off the train at Alice Springs - which is a boost for tourism - and also at Katherine, where they will have the opportunity to experience the Katherine Gorge. It will be a significant boost for tourism in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin. I am very pleased to announce today, thanks to the Tourism Minister, that the Tourist Commission is contributing $200 000 to a joint marketing campaign with Great Southern Rail. Overall, that campaign is worth over $ lm -$1 .3m -to encourage Australians, Territorians and international visitors to visit the Territory on the Ghan. It will be a once in a lifetime experience. That campaign will run from June to September. The Tourist Commission is estimating that the Ghan will deliver an extra 16 000 tourists to Darwin per year. The calculations of that translates into a direct and ongoing injection of $27m per annum into the Territory in direct visitor expenditure. $27m worth of tourist expenditure will support around 200 new jobs in our tourism industry. Therefore, it is great news for tourism and jobs growth in the Territory. I look forward, on 3 February next year, to welcoming those passengers on the very first Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin. Gove District Hospital - Safety of Staff Ms CARTER to MINISTER for HEALTH and COMMUNITY SERVICES Can you guarantee the safety of staff in the car park at the Gove District Hospital at night, given the problems that hospital is having at the moment with drunks? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. I actually answered this question twice yesterday, when I advised the House ... Mr Dunham: No, you have not. Ms Carter: No, we have not talked about the car park. Mrs AAGAARD: Gee, they are a rabbley bunch, Madam Speaker. Yesterday I advised the House that, in fact, aggressive behaviour towards staff at the Gove District Hospital had decreased by 90% since earlier this year ... Mr Reed: Under your government. Mrs AAGAARD: ...there have been increased... Ms Carter: You mean decreased. Mrs AAGAARD: Madam Speaker, I am not sure whether it is actually worth responding to this question, given that members, particularly the member for Port Darwin, do not appear to wish to hear the answer. There have been increased police patrols at the hospital. I was in Gove, not last week as the member for Port Darwin seems to think, but, in fact, the week before, and I would have to say, in discussing this issue with staff, they all said to me that it was much less of an issue. We did talk about the walkway, and I have already told the House exactly what the situation is. We are putting in $1.5m this coming financial year. There is going to be a total redevelopment of the site which, I have already stated to the House, will include increased safety measures. Wickham Point LNG Plant - Employment Opportunities Ms SCRYMGOUR to MINISTER for EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION and TRAINING On Monday, construction will commence on the site for the Wickham Point LNG plant. Can the minister please outline what our government is doing to prepare Territorians for the employment opportunities which will flow from the recent exciting gas announcement? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Arafura for her question. This weeks exciting developments regarding oil and gas mean one important thing for Territorians, and that is jobs. As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure that as many jobs as possible, in major projects such as Bechtel and the Wickham Point LNG plant, go to Territorians. To do that, we need to ensure that local people have the necessary skills mix and training to take up the opportunities available on those projects. The Department of Employment, Education and Training has been meeting with Bechtel, the construction company for the Wickham Point LNG plant, and has received advice on the mix and break up of the anticipated labour demand on the project. Officers of DEET also travelled to Gladstone in Queensland to observe first-hand how Bechtel undertakes major projects such as this, including the 663