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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016

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Parliamentary Record 1


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 65 to 124


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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 81 The first full environmental management plan was published on the departments website on 11 October this year, detailing Origin Energys exploration activity at its Amungee Mungee well. Previously only the summaries of an environmental plan were made public. A full environmental plan, as opposed to a summary, provides the Territory community with a greater picture of a projects activities and operations. It is through the publishing and sharing of this type of information that we will be able to provide the transparency that was promised to Territorians. Honourable members, none more so than the Member for Barkly, would be aware of Tennant Creeks rich history as a centre for mining in the NT. We want to make sure Tennant Creek continues to grow and develop as a vibrant town. This means attracting more people to the town by providing more jobs and getting more families in that fantastic region of the NT. It is the aim of this government to support Tennant Creeks progression as the mining and mining services capital of the NT. The best way to do this is to leverage off some of the existing and planned mining and gas initiatives as a means of creating a growing critical mass, thereby attracting other private investment to the region. We have identified a number of ways to support the same. We will, as a government, develop a plan to ensure 70% of the value of all contracts is awarded to local companies. The estimated value of contracts around Tennant Creek over the next three years is between $3m and $5m. Based on feedback from traditional owners, impacts on sacred sites from historical mining will be remediated where appropriate. We will develop a plan to ensure 40% Indigenous employment for contracts associated with legacy mines programs in the Tennant Creek region. We will also produce a new range of precompetitive geoscientific datasets and reports to attract mineral and petroleum exploration in the Tennant Creek region. These include providing a range of innovative new geophysical datasets to access regional prospectivity and support targeted exploration. We will develop updated geological maps, new 3D geological models and reports that provide an interpretation of the buried geology, mineral and petroleum potential of the Barkly Tablelands. We will undertake new geological studies and mapping of outcropping geology adjacent to the Barkly Tablelands, and we will undertake regional drilling and seismic surveys. These initiatives will support a substantial increase in mining-related activity that will lead to jobs in and around Tennant Creek. Honourable members, especially the new Member for Katherinehow good is it to see a Labor Member for Katherine in this Chamberwould be aware of the Katherine regions strong and proud history as a major centre supporting the pastoral sector. In recent years there has been a strong development of horticulture and mixed farming in the surrounding regions. I will support the work of my colleague, the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, to plan for significant investment in transport and logistic links into the region. This planning will support the governments proposal to develop Katherine as an inland port focused on agribusiness, and fits into our other logistical master plan, which will identify rail, port, coal storage and other required facilities. The logistics master plan will also support the expansion of the mining industry across the Northern Territory. To provide this support our government will identify the production and market opportunities in the agricultural sector and develop plans to bring them to reality. We will identify regional transport infrastructure that is required to get product to market all year round. We will recommend key areas of work for the NT government to unlock agribusiness supply chains, delivering produce quickly and profitably to markets intrastate, interstate or international. We will try to develop, and encourage development of, our produce to be on every shelf in every shop in the world. We will support appropriate research. The Territory government will have a clear view as to which infrastructure is required in the next five, 10 and 20 years to unlock investment in the agricultural, minerals and energy sectors, and we will have a developed funding strategy to attract investors. I have a key role in supporting work of the Chief Minister, who is also the Minister for Trade, Business and Innovation, in the implementation of the Asian relation and engagement policies and strategies. The capital-raising environment for junior exploration companies in Australia is very difficult. I will ensure strategies to raise the profile of the Northern Territory in international markets identify likely investors and assist companies with NT projects to connect with these investors and develop their projects. On the minerals and energy front, investment promotional activities are held overseas and within Australia, at which exploration companies with Territory projects have the opportunity to present their projects to potential investors. We will have an active presence at strategically selected events. We will continue to