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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003

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Parliamentary Record 13


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES Thursday 19 June 2003 4452 going to be in for a lot of competition from the Woolworths service station. If they are to remove this second entrance, not only will he not get the gas installed, he is more than likely going to be losing business from the cheaper fuel down the road. He is an independent. Woolworths have a lot more power than him, and they will probably sell fuel at much cheaper prices. Therefore, he has this double whammy if they close this piece of road. The department is saying: It is not negotiable - that is it! Yet my argument is that we have road planners who surely can design something there which makes this entrance safer, or safe for them to allow it to happen. What you have there, in case people do not know, is two entrances meeting at the one spot. Although it appears to be dangerous - I have used it quite often and you shudder and think this could be a problem - as far as we know, no one has ever had an accident there. The reason is because everyone is so careful there. You could put traffic calming devices, change the layout, or mark out the road better. There are all sorts of things I believe good engineers could do to allow this service station to retain its second entrance. I am trying to put this into perspective. I believe the government should really rethink this because we should be supporting small business. This bloke has been there a long time. It is not easy surviving today. He has lots of bills; he runs the caravan park there. That has its good times and bad times. Usually the Dry Season is the good time and the Wet Season is not so good; he has been battling on. He wants to expand, because he believes there are other people - there might even be a national tyre chain who would like to put a store in that area as well. However, they all feel if this second entrance is cut off, then they are not really interested. I hope that the government does not sit on, you might say, engineering purism, for the sake of: We will not allow anyone to drive through that second entrance any more. They have to give a little and spend a little more money to improve the access. As I said before, we can spend millions and millions for ConocoPhillips. They do not pay a penny towards the infrastructure we are putting in for them. I do not see why you cannot use the same principle for this small business person. Quickly, before my time runs out, I was going to thank the Minister for Essential Services for his invitation to go and look at the power poles. He included an invitation for the member for Goyder. I appreciate that, and I would be very pleased to go down and have a look. I must admit, I did go down and have a look a couple of weeks ago when the poles were lying on the ground, so that was not much good for a photo shot. However, you are right, it has taken a long time. I know it is not in my area now, but it was one of those things that I believed that I had to keep pushing. People might say we could have lived without it. My feeling is that those power poles were in the road. My further feeling is that, if you want to develop the Territory then you have to put good infrastructure in. You do not go half way and say: The poles will be all right, we will put the road to the side. You have to look 50 years ahead. Those poles being moved out of the road now will allow a good bitumen road to be developed. Leonino Road is an access road through that area. I thank the government for that, and I am looking forward to going down and seeing the poles shifted with the minister and the member for Goyder. Ms SCRYMGOUR (Arafura): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, I speak in the adjournment of a couple of people and events in my electorate - or more specifically, in Maningrida. The individual that I want to quickly talk about is Bill Fogarty. Bill has been committed to homeland centre education and has worked in the Maningrida homelands since 1998 as a teacher; in 2000 as a project manager for the Indigenous Education Department in Darwin; and within the homelands context, returning in 2001 to the Maningrida homelands as the senior teacher. Despite having some problems with his health throughout this period, Bill has remained committed to working within one of the most difficult and challenging educational contexts offered in the Northern Territory. Bill acknowledges that the homelands education program is an integral part of community development for traditionally orientated indigenous people wishing to live in their home countries. He has raised the standards and expectations of homeland education through professional development of indigenous staff, improving the delivery of programs in multi-aged classrooms, inclusion of all children within homelands educational contexts, and seeing education as a right for all children within their homelands. His own personal commitment to the consideration of all homeland centres on an equal basis has meant an improvement of services across the board. His dedication to including indigenous people in the management and decision-making process saw the start of the first homelands action group in Maningrida. He has been a prime mover behind the recent success for Nielns Homeland Centres workshop in Nhulunbuy some months ago. Bill has always pushed and worked hard alongside his indigenous teachers in the homelands to gain recognition and commitment by government for homeland education to be seen as core business. It was a delight to listen to Bill and other homeland teachers - some of them are teachers

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