Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled paper 295
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Tabled by David Tollner
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196 Defence 2013-14 Budget RAAF Base Tindal in Katherine is currently undergoing an upgrade program of 193 service residences. Planned works include 193 garages, 27 major upgrades and 162 minor upgrades. An additional program to construct 150houses on base commenced in late 2012. Under the memorandum of understanding between the Territory and DHA signed in October 2009, DHA is to be offered 15percent of serviced residential lots at all future Territory Government land release and sponsored land release. Defence Operations, Exercises and Deployments Territory-based defence personnel play a significant role in Australias military involvement in many operations abroad and regionally. The Armys 1stBrigade soldiers are at the forefront of Australias operational commitments around the world, including in the Mentoring Task Force in Afghanistan and the International Stabilisation Force in East Timor. RAAFBase Darwin is a major stageing point through which ADF personnel deploy to, and return from, operations in the Middle East. Operation RESOLUTE is an ADF operation supporting whole of government efforts to protect Australias borders and maritime security interests. It focuses on a range of security threats to Australian interests including people smuggling, illegal fishing, and protection of offshore oil and gas installations. Defence exercises are regularly staged in the Territory and adjacent waters. These exercises provide a boost to the economy through supply and support contracts and increased visitor numbers. In 2012-13, the Territory is to host eight major exercises: Exercise PITCH BLACK 12 is a major multilateral air exercise conducted in northern Australia involving aircraft from Australia and other nations, including the US, and for the first time, Indonesia. This exercise involves the tasking, planning and execution of counter-air operations in a coalition environment and was conducted from 27July until 17August2012; ExerciseSINGAROO 12 is a bilateral exercise that was conducted from 17to19September 2012 in Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area to improve the inter-operability of Australian and Singapore navies in order to undertake effective maritime combined or coalition operations; Exercise ACES NORTH13 is a bilateral exercise conducted from RAAFBases Tindal and Darwin involving both the Air Force and USAirForce practising joint military strike operations; Exercise ARNHEM THUNDER 12-2 is an annual Air Force exercise conducted to practise offensive counter-air operations and air support operations. The exercise was conducted from 19October until 9November2012; Exercise GOLD EAGLE 12, conducted at the Mount Bundey Field Training Area, is a bilateral exercise conducted between elements of the Australian Army 1st Brigade and USMC in order to enhance tactical skills inter-operability between both forces and was completed in late 2012; RAAF Base Tindal Other Land Release Operations Abroad Operation Resolute Defence Exercises
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