Debates Day 3 - Thursday 13 February 2014
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DEBATES Thursday 13 February 2014 3430 ___________________________ Distinguished Visitor Mr Barry Coulter Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Honourable members, I acknowledge a previous Treasurer of this parliament, Barry Coulter, who is in the gallery at the moment. Members: Hear, hear! ___________________________ Mr ELFERINK: I acknowledge and welcome Bazza back to the House. You would think he would stay away after all those years, but he cannot help himself. The Alice Springs community support work party provides substantial assistance to the Alice Springs Town Council, the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment, and Bushfires NT to maintain large portions of firebreaks around the Alice Springs town boundaries. Each year, the Alice Springs community support work party assists with the setup and deconstruction of the annual Henley-on-Todd, a local event which raises funds for charity through the combined Rotary Clubs. The Alice Springs community support work party also provides assistance for setting up and pulling down the Old Timers Village Fete, which is a charity event to raise money for the Old Timers Village. The Alice Springs community support work party works in conjunction with NT Major Events in Alice Springs to assist with the set up and pull down of infrastructure for community events organised and/or sponsored by the Northern Territory government. Every year the Darwin community support work program assists Darwin City Council with an annual pre-cyclone and post-cyclone cleanup program. The Darwin work parties provide a yearround regular service approximately 450 approved yards with general maintenance and assist with numerous community events and rubbish removal from storm drains and boat ramps. The Barkly community support work parties provide assistance for Tennant Creek town and region, and assistance is provided to not-for-profit and volunteer associations, shire councils, pensioner yards and churches. They assist with the setup and pack-down of events in the region, such as Australia Day, NAIDOC activities, Waitangi Day, the Desert Harmony Festival and White Ribbon Day on an as-requested basis. The Barkly work parties provide ongoing grounds maintenance to the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, Bonney Well, Attack Creek and the Renner Springs historical areas. The Alice Springs community support work program is undertaking a large project for Territory Housing, involving a refurbishment of units in Elliott Street in Alice Springs. Inmates are replacing and repairing paving in the driveway, painting and replacing broken fences, removing hazards and doing general yard cleanup. The work for Territory Housing is ongoing and will provide employment skills for inmates participating in projects. One of my Sentenced to a Job prisoners gained his employment because one of the tradies working on the same project was so impressed with him, he offered him a job. I understand we have been, or soon will be, able to arrange for that to occur. An important aspect of this program is that, from here, those inmates who display a desire to learn and work are eligible to be considered for the Sentenced to a Job program. Sentenced to a Job is a bold and fantastic initiative, and one this Country Liberals government is immensely proud of. Many states are looking to us as we lead the way in providing a pathway for inmates to be responsible for themselves and their communities. Every person sentenced to prison in the Northern Territory will contribute to the society they offended against in a positive way. For many of them, for the first time in their lives they will have something to be proud of and can hold their heads high with a sense of self-worth and dignity. I also place on the record thanks to the prison officer rank and file, as well as their association, for working with the government in pursuit of these worthwhile outcomes. The Prison Officers Association has a very unusual relationship with the management of the prison system. It is aware of things and ideas we are looking at even before I take them to Cabinet. I am embracing them in the spirit of trust with a view to pursuing this cause for the betterment of those prisoners in the system and, ultimately, for the true welfare of the people of the Northern Territory. Ms PURICK (Goyder): Mr Deputy Speaker, I will talk about two items to do with the rural area. Both are very important, not only to the rural area, but to the Territory as a whole. First, I congratulate people who picked up awards on Australia Day. Australia Day flag raising ceremony and citizens ceremonies were held at Freds Pass Reserve in the Lakeview Hall, coordinated by Litchfield Council Mr Vowles: Great place, Freds Pass.