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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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182 Transport and Communication 2013-14 Budget Darwin Manila, daily service on Philippine Airways will commence (June2013); and Darwin Dili, services on Airnorth will increase (June 2013). To facilitate the greater number of services flying from DarwinInternational Airport, Northern Territory Airports is embarking on a $40 million expansion of the terminal that will increase the number of aircraft the airport can handle and increase floor space for retail and passengers at the departure lounge by around 55 per cent. Construction commenced in April2013 and is expected to be completed by 2014-15. Within the Territory there are 72 regional airports and airstrips that service major communities. The Yulara Airport facilities and associated infrastructure is owned by the Indigenous Land Council, while the NhulunbuyAirport is owned and operated by Rio Tinto Alcan and services around 100000passengers per year. Communication Despite the Territorys small isolated population and relative geographic isolation, communications infrastructure is still below the national average in terms of GSP per capita. However, service levels are expected to improve with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and targeted programs such as the Health eTowns initiative. The NBN is Australias largest infrastructure program and is being funded by the Commonwealth. In December 2011, the 3800 kilometre Darwin to Toowoomba NBN fibre optic cable link was completed. This links Darwin, Palmerston, Pine Creek, Adelaide River, Katherine and Tennant Creek with Toowoomba along a high speed information spine. Areas that will not be serviced with fibre to the premises will be connected to the NBN via fixed wireless and satellite services. The Commonwealth has scheduled construction for the network to commence between April 2012 and June 2015, anticipating that 65000homes and businesses in the Territory will gain access to NBN fibre services in this period. However the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN in February 2013 reported that there had been significant delays in the NBN rollout in the Territory and no connections had yet been established. In early 2013 the Commonwealths NBN Co. took control of the NBNs physical construction in the Territory from the lead contractor in an attempt to accelerate the rollout. In April 2013 the NBN Co. announced that the fixed wireless rollout in the Territory was complete and available for service across eight areas (Berry Springs, Darwin River, Fly Creek North, Lambells Lagoon, Livingstone South, Noonamah East, Southport and Wagait Beach). The jointly funded Commonwealth and Territory Government Health eTowns project aims to improve access to health, education and emergency services in 47 Territory towns by upgrading telecommunication services. Similarly the Commonwealths Indigenous Communications Program, which commenced in 2009, has focused on delivering fixed phone services, mobile satellite services and internet access in over 40 Territory communities. Telecommunications

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