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Tabled paper 1709


Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Michael Gunner


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r 2. A package that places downward pressure on the cost of living There is no doubt that the cost of living is a significant factor in pushing Territorians interstate. A comprehensive, Territory wide plan for putting downward pressure on the cost of living will be adopted by a Labor Government. This plan will be detailed in a future discussion paper. This too will look outside of the Darwin and Palmerston region as the cost of goods and services across the regional and remote Territory are higher than those in the metropolitan area. 3. Provide more aged care housing options Territorians have told Labor that the lack of retirement options, especially in regional centres, is a major disincentive to staying in the Territory. Territorians want more retirement villages and retirement options that are compatible with peoples ethnic background, language and cultural mores.P z <D Labor believes that it critical for older Territorians to stay. This also works to keep young families here so grandparents and grandchildren can be together. ! <D -C In Government Labor will undertake public consultation with senior Territorians and those approaching retirement regarding the provision of more housing options. The results of this consultation will be made available to the building industry, non-Government organisations and others who may find this information useful. P 0) Q. O d> Q. P One particular priority will be a public discussion with residents of the Darwin and Palmerston rural area regarding retirement village options in their area. Labor will also hold discussions with community leaders in major growth communities regarding senior housing options. In our policy on Remote Housing Labor has committed to the development of an extensive granny flat program. oE o> c o p < Labor will direct capital funds to the development of further retirement housing options for those eligible for public housing. 4. Education options Education options have been identified as a reason for some people leaving the Territory. Labor will invest in improving schools and this will be released as a separate policy paper. However, Labor will continue to pursue options for expanding secondary education choices for parents. We endorse the current efforts to attract a further private secondary school campus to Darwin and Palmerston and will continue them. I Further, Labor will continue to work with the Charles Darwin University, The Northern Territory Jobs Plan36