Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 Australia and, no doubt, throughout much of the rest of the Territory. It certainly has developed some very interesting and useful items. The renal dialysis unit has been mentioned before. The $380 000 to be spent on its provision will be welcomed by those people who have had to travel to Adelaide for treatment and, as time goes by, there will no doubt be many more of those. In the roads program, another 21 km of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs will be upgraded to 2-lane standard, and there will also be works on the Ross Highway. I am pleased also to note that my representations to have a road into Central Mount Stuart from the Stuart Highway have resulted in the allocation of $0.5m. That mountain is of interest to many Australian people and I am sure that the number of visitors to it will increase and that it will add to the tourist attractions of central Australia. I am pleased to note that works will be carried out at Roe Creek which is the bore field for the Alice Springs water supply. The collection and bulk transmission systems will be upgraded at a cost of $2.7m. Another $13.3m will be spent on the No 9 generator at the power-station. I must go out there to see whether it will be a diesel and gas or a gas turbine. I rather hope it is a gas turbine because they are very efficient machines. The need for increased power generation in Alice Springs is significant. Last summer, we came very close to the maximum load on a number of occasions and this will give us a little breathing space. Another $9.5m has been allocated for generator repairs and machinery overhaul. In Alice Springs, the Housing Commission will provide 10 I-bedroom units, 170 3-bedroom units, 15 4-bedroom units and 40 2-bedroom units. I commend the commission for its work in Alice Springs. I believe that the waiting time for housing is possibly as low as it has been during my 6! years in this Assembly. It is also providing housing in almost all the central Australian communities. That expenditure is capital intensive and provides work for many people. I am pleased to note that $40 000 has been allocated for the extension of the police program in the high schools, and that $1.4m is to be spent on upgrading the Alice Springs High School. The Sadadeen Secondary College is being upgraded as well and, having had a very close look at it with the minister, it is clear that that certainly needed to happen. We will now have a facility which will be worthy of its rather high-sounding name. I am also pleased to note that $67 000 is to be spent at Deep Well to help establish a program which could lead to the establishment of a date industry. It will be a long-term project because, unlike grape vines, date palms tend to take many years before they yield in economic quantities. In the meantime, water, maintenance and weed control all have to be carried out on a continuing basis. Alice Springs is really humming along at the moment. It has been going very well and much of that is due to the faith of the private sector investing in our town. It is seen as a place of great potential and people are putting their money where their mouths are. The development is fantastic. I trust that those who have the faith to put their money into the town to add to our prosperity will obtain the rewards that they deeply deserve. It is great to see that the government has created a positive environment to encourage this. I would like to finish on that particular note. The private sector is really doing great things in Alice Springs. 862
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