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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 October 1983)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 October 1983)


Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 October 1983 blocks turned off in February. The Housing Commission has been allocated 70 blocks and 55 will be offered on the private market. It has been suggested to me that,with the suddenly increased demand for private blocks, if a list were taken for Sadadeen stage 3, many of those 55 blocks would be accounted for. There may be some slight relief coming from Sadadeen stage 1. I was talking to the principal of that development the other day and he said he was considering changing 27 blocks from high density to ordinary residential blocks. I do not know whether that will occur but that was under consideration and might help to meet this demand whi.ah has come more quickly than one would ever expect. Mr Deputy Speaker, you cannot stop people coming to the Territory. There is a huge reservoir of people in the south of Australia who see the Northern Territory as a place for a better future. The government will find itself taxed to the very limit to provide for these people. I am very pleased to note in the budget that the headworks for the Mt John subdivision have been brought on. I am very interested in the deferred payment scheme regarding that subdivision. Certainly, it would be needed. At this stage, I am informed that blocks should be turned off there in the latter part of 1984. I feel that they will be needed. The Department of Lands is well aware of this and so are the town planning people. They are very keen to do their part in making blocks available. I have a few suggestions in this area which I will turn to later. Some $0.54m has been allocated to the music department of the Alice Springs High School. I can assure you, Mr Deputy Speaker, I had no personal input on that matter, particularly as my wife is a music instructor in the Alice Springs area. However, Alice Springs High School has an excellent reputation for its music and the work which has been done there. They have battled under pretty rough circumstances. I am sure the community will welcome that initiative. Gillen House has been allocated $1.6m for a food science laboratory and added teaching areas, all of which will support the tourist industry. The impression given by people who service the tourist industry is most important and training in that field is well supported. The question I have in relation to that is whether federal government funding is being made available for it. There are many initiatives directed to the improvement of tourist facilities, such as toilets, shower blocks and camping areas, in many of those Yl!ll-known outer areas where tourists go. I am sure that will be welcomed and will encourage more people to visit the Territory. Of course, that brings money into the Territory. Over $6m has been allocated for roads in the central Australian region. This will help tourism and, of course, the people who live in the outback communities because it will reduce vehicle damage and facilitate access to Alice Springs from outback areas. As far as water is concerned, the government is always alert to the need for a growing town to maintain its water supply. We are totally dependent on bores for our water and I am pleased to note than an allocation for 2 bores and a booster pump has been made. A major item is the Alice Springs dam for which $9.5m has been allocated. This will be a big boost to public works in the central Australian region. I must confess that, until I visited Tennant Creek a few months ago, I was somewhat lukewarm regarding the Alice Springs dam because, frankly, I did not envisage it as much more than a big puddle in one sense. I went with the honourable Treasurer to the Mary Anne Dam at Tennant Creek. I had seen it on television but that did not give a clear view of how big that lake is. I asked the Treasurer just how big the Alice Springs lake would be in comparison and was told that it would be some thing like 3 times the area. I have: sin.a.e learned that the volume of water contained would be something like 10 times the content of the Mary Anne Dam. That put things into 1126

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