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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 March 2005



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 March 2005

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Parliamentary Record 25


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 March 2005 Iconic walking trails have been identified as a significant opportunity for the Territory, and have long been strongly supported by the tourism industry. Madam Speaker, as a Centralian, you know there is nothing better than the Larapinta Trail. M r ELFERINK (Macdonnell): Madam Speaker, I have to agree at the outset with the Chief Minister; the Larapinta Trail is truly one of the most spectacular trails available, not only in Australia, but in the world. If you go to trails or similar places in Europe you have to book months in advance, and there is a separation of perhaps 100 m between parties moving along the trails. In Central Australia you can join any part of the trail you want. I have often walked sections, especially between Simpsons and Bond Gaps, which is a particularly beautiful stretch o f the trail. It must be borne in mind, of course, that the Larapinta Trail was started 15 years ago by the former government, and constructed carefully over that time with a philosophy of inclusion of the visitors in the environment, rather than exclusion, which is so common in so many other tourist attractions, especially Uluru-Kata Tjuta and the Kakadu National Park. There is nothing preventing a visitor from going to the Larapinta Trail and walking as close as they can in the bush where the only things that indicate the trail are little blue triangles every so often. Therefore, you are having the full bushwalking experience. The Larapinta Trail would not have been possible without the purchase of the Owen Springs pastoral lease, in terms of its completion. It was one of the last things the CLP did prior to losing government, and for which I proudly lobbied as I could see the value o f the Larapinta Trail. It is worth noting a couple of points. Since this government has come to power, 830 000 fewer visitor nights have been enjoyed in the Northern Territory and, sadly, we have had 91 000 fewer visitors from overseas. This icon, the Larapinta Trail, should be used to attract those people back here. Ms MARTIN (Tourism): Madam Speaker, the whole purpose of the Larapinta Trail Management Strategy is to look at how we enhance the experience of the Larapinta Trail and, certainly, a tourist and local experience of the West MacDonnells. Whilst I welcome the supportive comments of the member for Macdonnell, the churlish comments do not constructively contribute to this debate. While we have our students here, I wonder whether any students have walked part of the Larapinta Trail. Have you walked it, and hopefully enjoyed it? We want to see more tourists and locals walking that trail, and perhaps have some shorter tracks so that you can do half a day, or a couple of hours, experiencing new parts of the Larapinta Trail. We have exciting plans for it in the future. It is one of the top 10 walking trails in the world and Central Australia should be enormously proud of it. Crime and Justice Statistics - December 2004 Q uarter D r TOYNE (Justice and Attorney-General): Madam Speaker, I rise today to report on the December quarter Crime and Justice Statistics released by the Department of Justice last Friday. As members will be aware, every three months the Office o f Crime Prevention releases Territory- wide Crime and Justice Statistics drawn directly from the police operating system, PROMIS. The latest Crime and Justice Statistics show that we are delivering on our promise to attack crime and causes of crime. Whilst we can acknowledge the encouraging trends that these figures show, we will never lose sight of the fact that crime victims still exist in our community and the traumatic experiences they suffer. To achieve the downward trends in the current series, we have put 100 extra police on the beat, used improved investigation methods, and the constant monitoring of recidivist offenders is paying off. The result is large reductions in property crime in the Northern Territory-wide figures. Across the Territory, there are falls in every category of property offence over the past 12 months: house break-ins fell by 20%; break-ins to commercial and other premises fell by 17%; motor vehicle theft and related offences were down by 19%; and property damage decreased by 21%. In total, there were 3781 fewer property offences in 2004 than in 2003. Let us look at these figures from another angle: the difference between this government and the CLP based on financial year comparisons. Over 1600 fewer house break-ins under this government than the CLP, over 600 fewer break-ins to businesses than under the CLP, property damage down by almost 2500 offences ... Members inteijecting. Dr TOYNE: You do not like this story, do you? You do not like it at all. M adam SPEAKER: Leader of the Opposition and member for Drysdale, order! 9056

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