Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975
Parliamentary Record 5
Northern Territory. Department of the Legislative Assembly
Debates for 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT; 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977
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pages 457 - 498
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494 some respects it can be viewed as a "step forward" in the management of juvenile members of the community who have got themselves involved in misdemeanours. I would see it as a retreat. However, fortunately it was damaged by the cyclone and vacated. Sitting out there on McMillans Road is barrack accommodation for about 40 people if some form of repairs took place. Lying idle beside it is what could only be called the best God given community centre that Darwin has at the moment. Three women with initiative discovered this and decided to put it to good use. In spite of the commendable efforts ofthe Department of Social Development, the need for creche facilities following the cyclone was simply not being met. These women, by standing outside offices for long periods of time, by making their demands, eventually brought to the attention ofthe department the urgent need for some form of private enterprise in the field of providing childminding facilities. Eventually they were let in. This was some months ago and one of the most thriving creches that I have ever seen, and certainly one of the happiest, now exists in this hall out at Essington House. What about their future? This happy little building seems to belong to the Department of Social Development and they simply are not willing to give it up. The people in that area urgently need the community centre. If you look around the suburbs of Wagaman, Jingili, Wanguri, Nakara, just where do you hold a meeting? The schools are providing both day and night services to their students and the rest of the halls either blew away or are in constant demand. These women held a meeting and publicised this meeting as being a time for representatives of all community groups to come together to formulate some sort of submission. They hoped that, with the backing of several community groups, the government would finally recognise the urgent need for a transfer of this out-dated resource. The meeting was attended by 26 people, a small committee formed and the submission is currently being formulated. I see Essington House as being a white elephant. I deplore the fact that, in today's budget, there was no mention made of some other centre for juvenile offenders. Mr Pollock: There is. Miss ANDREW: Where? I don't think Essington House is the place. I see an urgent need for community centres and DEBATES-Wednesday 20 August 1975 I see an urgent need for accommodation. With the expenditure of a few thousand dollars, Essington House could provide both. Let us hope that we see Government action in the next week or so and let us get Essington House under way as a community centre. Mr DONDAS: I am concerned at the Government's attitude towards the persons who have applied to purchase their homes prior to 24 December 1974. This morning, I asked a question without notice to the executive member for Finance and Law concerning this problem. I did not really expect an answer because of the complexity of that problem, but I wish to delve into that topic now. On 11 June, Dr Patterson issued a press release stating that persons who could verify that they had intended purchasing or building a home would be entitled to the home loan at 6%. However, I must report now that I am concerned that the various government departments administering such a loan are not doing their job. I must read a letter that I have received from some constituents of mine. They have a problem that has been troubling them for the past 4 to 5 months: A few months ago a statement was published in the N.T. News stating that public servants who had applied to purchase government homes and residences could still do so and they would be entitled to the 6% interest loan available from the Australian Government. Fortunately, we had applied early in 1974 and efforts to locate competent authority to advise us on the procedures to purchase the land for rebuilding has been to no avail. When we approached Home Finance for the loan, we were told that we would be notified as to the price of a particular block. Since then, we have received nothing but "I don't know", as nobody else seems to know: (l) whether or not I can purchase the block; (2) who values the block-for example, Home Finance says Lands Branch are handling it, Lands Branch say the DRC are handling it and the DRC say all valuations have been sent to Adelaide. We are at a loss to know whether or not we can buy the block, how much it will cost and who is actually handling the application. We forwarded our reference to purchase the residence in 1974 as we would like to buy and rebuild as soon as possible.
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