Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010
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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 2010 Herms of France create a guitar case from it, and the cost he would have incurred. Imagine the guitar he is putting into the case! I add my support to this statement on building international trade opportunities for the Northern Territory. The Territorys geographic proximity to Asia permeates our Top End community. We have a strong Chinese Territory community. Our weekend markets are full of the smells of Asia, and many Territorians see Bali and Singapore as their back yard holiday destinations. This geographic and cultural closeness to Asia not only enhances our lifestyle, it becomes part of our community. When combined with the continued growth of the Territorys economy and population, our closeness to Asia presents significant opportunities for Territory business. The Northern Territory government is committed to working with Territory business to harness these international trade opportunities. In outlining our road map for the Territorys economic future the Territory 2030 Strategic Plan notes: Real and sustained growth will come from creating a culture of entrepreneurship. We need to unlock the full potential of our position as a bridge with Asia. The government knows if we are to see an increase in local businesses winning work from international companies by 2030 we must support Territory businesses to grow their operations. In relation to land release, a key element in ensuring there is room to grow in the Territory - having industrial land for commercial properties, residential land for a growing population, and growing our economy - is imperative. This is why the government is releasing land five times faster than before to help manage the Territorys growth. A member: It is not hard to go five times faster than zero. Mr McCARTHY: The new suburbs at Palmerston East: Bellamack, Johnston, Zuccoli and Mitchell, will be home to 15 000 Territorians. In Bellamack, 450 approved lots are now under construction A member: Five times faster zero land release! Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr McCARTHY: new homes for Territorians. A further 200 blocks have been sold off the plan and the first titles have been released. Johnston will be a 490 lot suburb and is proving popular with Territorians. Civil works have been carried out on 150 of 200 lots in Stage 1 ... Mr Westra van Holthe: We live in the Northern Territory and have to go in a land ballot; can you believe it! A land ballot in the Northern Territory! Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr McCARTHY: have already been sold. A great show of confidence in this new suburb. I have called for developers to construct 293 lots in Stage 2, which includes a seniors village, parks and a commercial area Mr Westra van Holthe: Hope he talks about heavy industrial. Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr McCARTHY: and I look forward to the successful developer being announced and housing construction getting under way in 2011. The suburb of Zuccoli will follow Johnston as the next Palmerston East suburb to be developed. It could provide up to 1400 residential lots, with 400 lots to be developed in Stage 1. $20m was committed in Budget 2010-11 to fast-track the headworks for the suburb. We are looking for a private developer to partner with the Northern Territory Land Development Corporation to deliver the Zuccoli lots in 2011. In future years the expansion of Palmerston will be supported by the development of Weddell; a tropical, sustainable, liveable city. Weddell will be home to up to 50 000 Territorians in years to come, and it is exciting to see the planning processes for the city start rolling out. The development of this tropical, sustainable and liveable city was really kick-started last month with the five-day conference and design forum attended by more than 300 people. This event generated excitement and great creativity about the future potential of Weddell and its role as the Territorys next city. I look forward to the release of the interim report on Weddells design and development next month. The governments strategic residential land release program, five times faster than before, is being supported by the development of commercial properties. Expressions of interest are out for the development and sale off the plan of industrial land at Darwin Business Park. More than $200m worth of development has already been invested by industry in the Darwin Business Park. Six new lots are strategically located near the rail terminal and port, making them ideal for companies engaged in oil and gas, mining, transport and logistics. An expression of interest process is also open for the development of the 6060 m2 block in the 6515
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