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Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights



Budget 2014-2015 Regional Highlights

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2013-14 Budget 8 Regional Highlights Barkly The Barkly region covers approximately 24percent of the land area of the Territory and extends along the Stuart Highway from BarrowCreek to Elliott and east across the Barkly Tableland to Queensland. The population of the region is around 6600, of whom around 69percent are Indigenous. The main centre in the region is Tennant Creek, with a population of about 3520. A high proportion of people living in the region are young, with 44percent aged 24 years and under, and only 5.9percent over the age of 65. Government services, pastoralism and miningrelated activities are the major contributors to the regional economy. Manganese production from the BootuCreek mine has added to regional economic activity and employment opportunities. The Barkly and Tennant Creek pastoral district also accounts for a substantial proportion of the Territorys total cattle industry. Supporting Business and Economic Development $4.91M in Territory and Commonwealth funds for CharlesDarwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and other providers to deliver qualifications to Territorians to develop new skills or build on existing skills for employment opportunities $0.43M to support the livestock industry by protecting market access and minimising establishment of exotic pests and diseases $0.34M for research and extension into improved pastoral industry profitability and sustainability $0.2M to provide new generation geoscience data and promote mining investment $0.15M for the provision of vehicle registration and driver licensing services $0.1M for a local Tourism Industry Business Development Officer $90 000 for visitor information services $88 000 for the Territory Business Centre to provide business advice and licence information Safer Communities $13M to provide police, fire and emergency services in the Barklyregion including: threepolice stations and a further threepolice stations funded under StrongerFutures at Alpurrurulam, Arlparra and Willowra; one fire station; and three volunteer groups (fire and emergency) $6.72M to operate the low security prisoner work camp in TennantCreek to contribute to providing real life skills and real life experience for prisoners $2.29M to establish a joint farming venture $1.66M to provide assessment, monitoring and supervision services to communitybased clients in the Tennant Creek region in line with sentences and orders issued by the courts and the Parole Board $0.95M for the expansion of the Elders Visiting Program, assisting offenders reintegration into the community $0.53M for Indigenous Family Violence and Elders programs and Remote Communities Corrections Officers Infrastructure Highlights $9.36M for the Arlparra Police Station and accommodation $5.57M to construct a new remote health centre at Elliott $5.3M to construct a new remote health centre at Canteen Creek $1M to complete the Tennant Creek Hospital fire safety upgrade $0.9M for cyclical maintenance of rural local roads in Barkly $0.8M to install guardrail extensions at various bridge railings $0.45M to regravel several sections of the Barkly Stock Route $0.3M to regravel various sections of RankenRoad $0.25M to construct a concrete floodway and culvert at LittleFletcher Creek Crossing on Wollogorang Road