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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers
v. 10 issue 44
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It was interesting to see in the NT News 23/11/03 the headline, "Why the NT will Prosper" by Treasurer, Syd Stirling. The article talked about careful government planning and the improving of business confidence. It went on to say that the housing, retail and tourism sectors are recovering, that independent economic forecasters are predicting that growth in the NT over the next five years will outstrip the rest of OzCurrent projects, assertions of prosperity, were listed with the odd prospective employment opportunities and/or dollars (millions!) being spent: Wickham Point LNG Plant: 1300-1500 jobs. Increased Defence spending: 200-300 jobs. Lee Point Defence Housing project: 1000 jobs. New Darwin Business Park and development of the rail and port transport hub. Darwin Waterfront and Convention Centre development: $600m. ALCAN Gove (Nhulunbuy) expansion: 1200 jobs. $900m in government spending on infrastructure Territory wide over the next two yearsThe article indicates why some of the NT will prosper but it certainly doesn't (seem to) do a lot for the confidence (or prosperity) of Territorians living anywhere other than the extreme Top End, Darwin or Nhulunbuy, to be precise, does it? Maybe what the headline really means is that if we all relocate to the very tip of the Top End, we'll prosper we'll each have a wealthy, successful flourishing and prosperous new year, and a succession of those to follow, naturally So this prosperous new year is it the financial one, as opposed to the current calendar one, which as everyone knows, will be over soon enough? Same paper, two days later, headline on page two: "Alice Economy set to Boom" and on page four, "Business Hope hits Rock Bottom", about business confidence hitting lowest levels ever in the NT. I'm an optimist so I'll go for the page two storyI had another look at festive cards received to date most are along the lines of Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Many are from friends who used to live in Alice. They left because there didn't seem to be any real prospect of prosperity on the horizon: no new projects coming up, a lack of government spending and therefore tender opportunities and limited land to develop. Some were small business owners, employers, contractors, trying to have a go in the Centre lives and livelihoods stifled. Let's hope 2004 is going to be a prosperous one for all Territorians. Return to Alice Springs News Webpage. http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/