Debates Day 2 - Tuesday 22 November 2011
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DEBATES Tuesday 22 November 2011 For Palmerston, Bellamack has acceleration opportunities and Johnston Stage 2 is about to get under way as well. We have Zuccoli in a joint venture between our Land Development Corporation, Urbex, and Charles Darwin Universitys subdivision going through the development approvals process. So, combining the activity at Muirhead, the activity across Bellamack, Johnston and Zuccoli, what I will continue to refer to as the Charles Darwin University Palmerston project, you can see the land supply picture combined with the unit development picture. This is not a space we have vacated; we have actively put considerable planning, effort and resources into this to ensure that, as best we can, we understand the movements and flows, which can be tricky. For example, it takes a Defence shift in the marketplace to adjust some of these calculations and figures, but, again, we have an MOU with Defence Housing for managing Defence movements in and out of the marketplace. Understanding the capacity within the housing supply market has been critical to planning the gearing up for the major projects. We are not just looking at the workforce requirements, the skilling up and the training requirements, we are also looking at the housing and accommodation requirements and at schools, as people will come in with families and children. We have put the hard investment into the power, water and sewerage upgrades to accommodate all of this massive expansion, quite aside from the investment in the road networks we have also undertaken. It is an incredibly exciting time to be in the Territory and to see the opportunities of this economic boom with the major projects, and the opportunities flowing into the small- and medium-sized businesses. I acknowledge that INPEX has been a constructive and solid corporate citizen in the efforts it takes to explain and provide information to people about what it is doing. It is not always easy to capture all of the information being delivered by INPEX, but I encourage people to read it provided, as it is, on a regular basis. Working with INPEX has been a rewarding process because my experience of the company is, when it gives a commitment, it is genuine in following through on the commitment. If you want a classic example of that, go to the Larrakia Development Corporations Trade Trading Centre and see the 500-odd apprentices being trained today, funded by a company that has yet to make a final investment decision. That is unheard of. It is unheard of to see investment to that extent occur in training from a corporate citizen before it has signed off on FID. There is a genuine relationship and mutual respect I have seen between the Larrakia people and INPEX. As a Territorian born and raised in Darwin, I am delighted to work with a corporate citizen of such integrity. There will always be details, challenges and issues on the pathway to work through. There will always be peoples expectations of what they want to realise from their small business with their tender for work, which will meet its own challenges. I have been able to work very closely and constructively with the management of INPEX and Total in raising issues on behalf of Territorians. My experience has been it takes issues we raise seriously. It works actively on them and follows up. It does its very best to deliver on the expectations people have, recognising in any tender process where there are competitive bids, there are some who win and some who do not get that tender. Have we geared up for the major project on the horizon? Yes, we have a task force in place; we have done the analysis; we have done all the work. We have lobbied successfully over the years to get the Regional Migration Agreement in place. We have the training effort in place, and we are building up to a local workforce supply in that area. I acknowledge the effort and work of the Chief Minister, working with Professor Barney Glover, to ensure Charles Darwin University is an oil and gas hub, grasping the opportunities and lessons learnt through Aberdeen for the high level of skills needed, and train our own Territorians to deliver and realise very exciting careers working in the oil and gas industry. This is an exciting time in our economic present and leading into our future, and a great social time for the Territory. Proud Territorian as I am, I have always been disappointed when people think we are the little, sleepy cousins of the Australian jurisdictions. Well, no one thinks we are sleepy. Everyone understands we are punching above our weight and delivering more and better, and in a very exciting and innovative way in the Territory. That brings a sense of community pride and respect, and improves social outcomes when there is recognition of how great a place the Territory is and how amazing it is. I am pleased to support the Chief Ministers statement, Gearing Up for Major Projects. I am disappointed there is not a genuine policy debate occurring in this Chamber today, with the exception of the Independent member, who I see will contribute to this debate. I am bitterly disappointed that, yet again, with an opportunity to debate policy in the Chamber and genuinely test each others ideas, test the information, the CLP picks up its bat and ball and runs away. They have had a bruising day. We saw the unedifying experience of the member for Fong Lim this 1871
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