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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Transport and Communication 183 Northern Territory Economy These projects can assist in delivering diagnoses and consultations, video conferencing and online learning facilities in remote communities. In April 2013 the Territory Government announced a joint initiative with Telstra to expand telecommunication services in remote communities. The project will install mobile phone sites in eight locations (Ampilatwatja, Arlparra, Palumpa, Papunya, Peppimenarti, Mutitjulu, Barrow Creek, Newcastle Waters) and rollout fixed broadband services in six communities (Wadeye, Elliott, Hermannsburg, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Mutitjulu). Darwin has made the transition to digital television, with additional programming available from all major free-to-air networks. The Commonwealth has announced that Darwin will switch to digital-only television broadcast in July 2013. In other parts of the Territory, the transition to digital television has begun, however the full suite of channels is not yet available. Regional centres receive a combination of Imparja, SatelliteCommunity Television (SCTV), CentralQueensland Satellite Television, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and SpecialBroadcasting Service (SBS). Television viewers in the Territory have access to two networks with dedicated Indigenous programming. Imparja (an independent and commercial network) has been broadcasting from AliceSprings since 1998 and is available in central and eastern Australia. National Indigenous Television, which was previously only available on pay-TV, became available on national free-to-air television in December 2012. Radio stations servicing Darwin, AliceSprings and other areas in the Territory include community-based radio, ABCTerritoryradio, national radio, commercial radio, and Indigenous community-based stations. Outlook Transport activity is forecast to increase substantially over the coming years, primarily driven by the expansion of the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors. In 2013-14 exports are expected to rise as a result of increased resources production, largely attributable to increased offshore oil production at the Montara oilfield, which will be exported directly from the oilfield itself, and increased minerals production at MacArthur River Mine and Crocodile Gold operations. Growth in import volumes arising from the construction phase of the Ichthys project is expected to be substantial as many components (including the subsea pipeline that connects the Ichthys field to Blaydin Point) are to be prefabricated overseas and shipped to Darwin. Petroleum imports associated with resource projects will also increase in line with production. The sea and road transport sector is expected to grow substantially as a result of the construction phase of the Ichthys project. The movement of imported cargo, building materials, locally sourced products, waste disposal, rocks and sand will require substantial shipping and road transport services. Buses will be used to transfer a workforce of up to 3500 from the workers accommodation village to the construction site. Television Radio Transport