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Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview



Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview

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




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20 BUDGET 2014-15 Budget Overview Lifestyle The 2014-15 Budget supports Territorians to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle, with $82 million provided for greater resources for sport, recreation and cultural activities. Keeping Kids Active The 2014-15 Budget supports Territory children to get into organised sport and recreation activities to help them lead healthier lives, with additional funding of $5million for the Sports Voucher scheme, increasing the annual voucher from $75 to $200. The scheme is being expanded to include more activities such as dance, music lessons and other arts and cultural pursuits and can also be used for learn-to-swim lessons for children up to five years. The 2014-15 Budget also supports growth of sport at the grassroots level and keeps children and adults active, with $19.67 million in grants to sport and recreation organisations and programs, including: $5.6 million for grants to peak sporting bodies and recreation bodies; and $2.3 million to support sporting programs in remote communities. Sports and Major Events The 2014-15 Budget delivers major sporting and entertainment events for Territorians, with $5.84 million for major events including: $2.19 million for the V8 Supercars Championship, including the Race and RockConcert; $1 million to Parramatta Eels to hold an NRL premiership game in Darwin and pre-season game in Alice Springs; $1 million to bring the AFLs Melbourne Demons to the Territory with matches to be played at both TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs and TIO Stadium in Darwin; $0.15 million to support Adelaide United in hosting pre-season A-League games in Alice Springs; and $58 000 for the Tattersalls Finke Desert Race. Recreation and Fishing The 2014-15 Budget allows Territorians to continue to enjoy a range of recreational facilities and events, including $14.7 million to assist the thoroughbred racing industry for race meetings. The 2014-15 Budget provides $11.7million for fishing industry management and development, including: $2.5 million for the sustainable management of the Territory aquatic resource; $2.5 million additional funding to upgrade two barrages upstream of ShadyCamp on the MaryRiver to prevent salt water intrusion and protect upstream ecosystems and habitats; and $0.56 million for the sustainable management of the Territorys recreational fishing sector. Arts and Culture The 2014-15 Budget helps support arts and cultural institutions so that they can continue to be enjoyed by Territorians and visitors each year. A total of $44.9 million will help support our arts and cultural institutions including: $7.12 million to support the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory under its new governance arrangement as an independent, stronger statutory authority; and $2.85 million for ongoing repairs and maintenance of our cultural institutions across the Territory. Sporting Facilities The 2014-15 Budget continues investment in sports and recreation facilities, including: $4.27 million for stage 2 upgrades to the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, which includes upgrades of drainage, sewerage and toilets and the redesign of the tracks turn 1; $2.38 million for repairs and maintenance to sporting facilities across the Territory; and $0.3 million to continue upgrades to the Alice Springs drag strip, and construct light towers to allow night racing and the ability to host regional and national events. The 2014-15 Budget also includes $0.78 million for minor new works to improve sporting facilities.