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
Defence 199 Northern Territory Economy including taking the lead in the new Muirhead development in Darwins northernsuburbs. However, 76 new properties constructed at a cost of $42.4million in Muirhead and other subdivisions during 2013-14 are not intended to increase DHAs overall stock of dwellings. Instead, these new properties are being used to replace ageing stock, which is no longer suitable for DHAs purposes. This surplus housing stock will be released onto the housing market as these new properties are completed. As DHA is constantly seeking to replace ageing stock, DHA will likely continue to take the lead in development projects aimed at ensuring it has sufficient new dwellings to draw upon. The 2009 Defence White Paper outlined a set of strategic basing principles that Defence used in an in-house assessment of basing requirements over the next 25 years. The Commonwealth Governments Defence Force Posture Review (ADFPR) released on 3 May 2012 was intended to help address these concerns. The ADPFR considered a range of strategic and security factors that are related to future ADF operations and made recommendations to improve the ADFs force posture. The ADFPR made a number of recommendations relevant to ADF facilities in the Territory including: HMAS Coonawarra: new refuelling facility and wharf to replace the existing Stokes Hill Wharf facility; upgrade of facilities to be able to handle larger vessels including projected replacements for the Armidale class patrol boat and Balikpapan heavy landing craft; and support for investment in new roll-on, roll-off pontoon and associated wharf area at East Arm to improve LCH loading; and RAAF Base Tindal: upgrade of facilities to be able to accommodate KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft and P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft; upgrade of fuel storage and explosive ordinance storage and supply capabilities to allow for more high-intensity operations; and support for Defence White Paper 2009 and Defence Capability Plan proposal to upgrade runway to handle the new F-35 Lightning II. ADFPR also supported the ADFs current force posture in the Territory and significantly made no recommendations for changes to formations deployed in the Territory. The findings of the ADFPR confirmed the long-term significant and strategic importance of the Territory to the defence of Australia and supported the increased focus by the ADF on northern Australia. While the ADFPRs recommendations are not binding on the Commonwealth, the ADFPRs recommendations are expected to help inform the Defence Force Posture Review