Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled paper 295
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Tabled by David Tollner
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Department of the Treasury and Finance
Transport and Communication 175 Northern Territory Economy Transport and Communication Effective transport and communication links are critical to the NorthernTerritorys development, given the small size of the local economy, relative isolation from major national and international markets and the small and widely dispersed population. In 2011-12, transport and communication services represented 5.4percent of Territory gross state product (GSP), compared with 7.6percent nationally. The volume of trade passing through the Port of Darwin decreased by 8.5 per cent in 2011-12, as a result of declines in iron ore and copper concentrate exports and the temporary ban on live cattle exports imposed by the Commonwealth. In 2011-12, rail freight on the Darwin to Tarcoola railway declined by 3.0per cent due to a reduction in mineral exports and interruptions to the railway service caused by derailments. Passenger numbers through Darwin International Airport increased by 3.4 per cent in 2011-12, driven by growth in international passengers flying overseas and more services available, however interstate passengers declined during the period. The Commonwealth expects that some Darwin suburbs will be ready for service from the National Broadband Network starting from mid-2013. Between 2013-14 and 2016-17 the transport sector is expected to be a major beneficiary of increasing output from the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors. This will be primarily driven by the development of major projects such as the Ichthys project and gas pipeline to Gove. Share of GSP (2011-12) Northern Territory Australia %1 %1 Transport 4.1 4.7 Communication 1.2 2.8 Transport and communication 5.3 7.5 Volume (2011-12) Million % Change2 Export (tonnes) 2.3 - 15.1 Imports (tonnes) 1.2 7.4 Rail (tonnes) 3.2 - 3.0 DarwinInternationalAirport (passengers) 2.0 3.4 AliceSprings Airport (passengers) 0.6 - 9.9 1 Per cent share of GSP 2 Annual change from 2010-11 Sources: ABS Cat. No. 5220.0; Darwin Port Corporation; Genesee and Wyoming Australia; Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics Chapter 14 Key points
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