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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 17 June 2015



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 17 June 2015

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QUESTIONS Wednesday 17 June 2015 1104 technology, with a strong focus on women in leadership. I will give you some of the keynote speakers. We have Mr Ruslan Kogan, who is the founder and CEO of Kogan.com, which has grown into a multimillion dollar consumer electronics and online retail business, with millions of customers. In eight years the company has gone from a garage to global, becoming the most efficient retailer in the world. Mrs Naomi Simson founded RedBalloon in 2001 with her business partner and has gone on to become one of Australias high-tech success stories. Mr David de Garis is Director and Senior Economist from the National Australia Bank. David is an economist on the floor of the Melbourne Dealing Room where he keeps his colleagues up to speed with what is happening on a day-to-day basis with the economy and markets. Such is the quality of these people who are coming to present in October Business Month. Mr Matt Moran is a well-known multi-awardwinning chef, restaurateur and bestselling cookbook author with over 30 successful years in the food industry. Mr Moran obviously is an industry icon. Those who watch TV will know he spends a lot of time giving out some great hints. Steven Bradbury is known to many Australians. He is a four-time Olympian, gold medallist and businessman who brings a fresh and uniquely Australian feel to the corporate world. He started and grew his own business, the Revolutionary Boot Company, or RBC. In 1994 October Business Month had 699 attendees at 12 events. This year we have almost 10 times that. Last year 9000 people and over 100 businesses participated. Madam SPEAKER: Minister, your time has expired. Port Melville Lease Arrangements Mr WOOD to MINISTER for LANDS and PLANNING Can you tell the House if Port Melville is entirely built on Aboriginal land or built partly in the coastal waters controlled by the Northern Territory, that is, below the low water mark? If the port is on Aboriginal land is there a lease. If there is a lease, was it for over 12 years? If so, was there a development application, when was it advertised and what were the details? If the port was built within the coastal waters of the Northern Territory, that is, below the low water mark, was a Crown lease applied for? If so, what were the details of that Crown lease, was the lease advertised and when was it advertised if so? If all of these things happened, were clear rules set for the development of this port as part of the lease agreements? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Nelson for his question. The Crown Lands Act governs the release and development of Northern Territory owned land. The boundary mark of Tiwi Land Trust land extends to the low water mark, as with all Aboriginal land, as the member is aware. The Port Melville development on Aboriginal land is the subject of a lease to Port Melville Pty Ltd. On 26 May this year Development Permit DP15/0260 was granted for a lease in excess of 12 years in relation to the Port Melville development area. The subdivision was advertised for two weeks from 24 April to 8 May in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act. No public submissions were received. The application advised that the lease is for the purpose of construction of a port and for the conduct or facilitation of port operations and associated ancillary purposes. The area covered by that lease is located entirely on Aboriginal land. The infrastructure of Port Melville in relation to the low water mark has not been surveyed or conclusively determined by the Surveyor-General. This is the case in relation to the vast areas of Aboriginal land across the Northern Territory, as surveying the low water mark is very costly and, as you would appreciate, time consuming. Although some infrastructure of Port Melville may fall within Crown land beyond the low water mark, the precise area will need to be determined by a survey. The Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment will continue to work with the proponent as appropriate to determine the extent of the existing or proposed infrastructures location on Tiwi Land Trust or Crown land. Where infrastructure is located on Crown land, a Crown lease may be required, and the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment is currently investigating that option. I hope this answers your question, member for Nelson.