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Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976



Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976

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Parliamentary record 16


Questions for 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT; 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977




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Northern Territory. Legislative Assembly -- Periodicals

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Northern Territory Legislative Assembly

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ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Grade 4) carries out monthly check reads on large constnllers for part of his time. For six weeks of the year an additional three readers are required (Water Inspector and two clerical assistants grade 2) . Total salary' payments are about $14,000 per annum. A proportion of this cost is applicable to meter reading outside Darwin. 4. No records are maintained of other administrative costs for the collection of excess water charges {n isolation from water and sewerage billing costs. The administrative costs for staff involved' directly in billing for all water and sewerage charges is $35,000 and the proportion for water accounts is approximately $20,000. Fifty percent of water accounts involve an excess charge calculation and this is estimated to require 25% of the time taken to produce an account. Approximate other administrative costs in the collection of excess charges is therefore $2,500. 5. (a) No recent statistics are available for excess water charges applicable to residential blocks only. Based on the distribution of charges in the charge year 1971/72, the latest year comprehensive statistics were extracted, the following estimates have been made for total excess charges, all consumers and excess charges residential blocks only. Charge Year Estimated Total Excess Charges 1971/72 1972/73 1973/74 1974/75 1975/76 1976/77 $439,000 515,000 670,000 788,000 (Cyclone Disaster Regulations applied) 942,000 Estimated Excess Charges Residential Blocks Only $57,500 67,500 88,000 124,000 NIL 148,000 The above figures for excess charges on residential blocks do not include charges applica'ble to flats, domestic residences on business premises or domestic premises on Defence property. (b) Excess water charges for parks and recreation areas controlled by the Corporation of the City of Darwin have been: 1971/72 1972/73 1973/74 1974/75 $20,500 28,500 38,000 40,000 These include the two public swimming pools and the Mindil Beach Caravan Park. 6. Estimated excess water charge expressed as a percentage of total water revenue in Darwin and the Northern Territory is (a) Darwin (b) Northern Territory 1376 Mr STEELE to Mr TAMBLING 68% 68% 1. Has the attention of the Darwin Reconstruction Commission been