Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 and. 5 Aboriginal community rangers have been employed on a 15-month training program since September this year. The member for Arnhem and shadow minister for conservation indicated that there was nothing in the Treasurer's speech in relation to conservation, but there was plenty of information available to him. I am sure that, if he were interested, he would have read that and seen that a considerable amount is being done. With the passage at the August sittings of enabling legislation, a permanent local management committee will be established to assist in the park handling process. As mentioned by the member for Elsey, the Gregory National Park development is progressing and water has been connected to the Wilson Street subdivision in Timber Creek which will allow for the Conservation Commission to provide housing there for rangers. It is intended to place rangers in the Gregory National Park as soon as possible. That park needs to be controlled; it is a magnificent park. It will be one of our major parks and we are working towards its control. There is ongoing investigation and negotiation in relation to future parks in the Dulcie Range area and in the area of ranges west of Tennant Creek. The commission is also in the process of establishing a commission presence at both Borroloo1a and Nhulunbuy in an effort to meet the long-term demands at those centres. The commission expects Territory crocodile farms to begin processing animals soon in strict accordance with our plan of management. That plan of management was unanimously endorsed recently in Quito, Ecuador, by the Crocodile Management Group, a group that in the past has been a little reluctant to agree with our plans for crocodiles in the Northern Territory. However, it has endorsed that plan of management wholeheartedly and we hope to have that in place before long. That plan involves Harry Messe1. Activities on the farms will be monitored carefully by the commission. Cane toad research will be another important function of the commission this year. Members are probably aware that cane toads are progressing across from Queensland at a great rate of knots and, over the last couple of years, we have funded research into biological means of controlling cane toads in conjunction with the Queensland, Western Australian and federal governments. The federal government was a little reluctant to provide assistance this year, but I understand that funding is now flowing. The Territory is working in conjunction with Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia on that matter. The program focuses on cane toad demography and pathology and is being conducted at the James Cook University in north Queensland. Mr Speaker, having outlined the approach of this government on matters concerning primary production and conservation, and bearing in mind restrictions placed upon us by these tight financial times, I am sure that you will agree that the budget is a balanced document for development. We are seeking a sound financial base, not only for today's generation of Territorians but for those to follow. It can only be hoped that the rest of Australia will realise the worth of our policies, the surety of our direction and, for the sake of Territorians present and future, grant us the type of constitutional recognition to which we are justly entitled. This budget is proof positive that we are heading in the right direction to warrant having that equality bestowed upon us, and I commend the Treasurer's first budget to honourable members. Mr HARRIS (Health): Mr Speaker. I rise to speak in support of the budget. Before concentrating on my areas of responsibility, I would like to make some 856
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