Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 materials and consist of 2 rooms and a verandah. Evidently, there is a ready market for them. I would be interested to know whether a similar scheme could be initiated in the Darwin Prison. Under 'New Works', I note that there is a housing project planned for inmates of the Darwin Prison at a cost of $70 000. I have been told that some changes would have to be made to adapt these dwellings to withstand cyclonic conditions in the Top End. If they could be built at a lower cost than the $10 000 for which they were built in Alice Springs, they would find a ready market not only in isolated Aboriginal communities but also among many of my constituents in the rural area. Many of my constituents have limited means and, after they have bought a block, put down a bore and erected some fencing, they do not have a great deal of money to spend on a big house. If they could start off with a very simple dwelling, they could progress slowly to build a better house. It would provide a very good source of cheap housing if that project could be started at the Darwin Prison this year. I welcome the upgrading of the Arnhem Highway indicated in the budget. The widening of the Arnhem Highway in mY,electorate will decrease the possible incidence of road accidents. It is very straight and people tend to speed on such roads. There are places where children cross to go to bus stops and to the Humpty Doo Primary School and Taminmin High School. If the highway is widened and consideration given to speed signs, there will be increased safety for all road users. Mention was made in the budget of various roads in the rural area passing to the control of the Litchfield Shire. This was first intended to occur on 1 July but was delayed until 1 October. The people in the rural area must realise now - and I have been telling them for some time, as have elected members of the Litchfield Shire Council - that the kitty for road building is not bottomless. People will have to limit their demands for increased road services to what the budget will allow. This will create some difficult situations at times but, nevertheless, the money for bituminising more and more roads in the rural area is not limitless. There is a major $3m project in the upgrading'of Bulldog Pass on the Cox Peninsula Road. Whilst this will be used by people in my electorate, mainly it will be used by people who live at Cox Peninsula or who visit that area. Although the Cox Peninsula comes under the Rural Planning Authority's jurisdiction, many people there do not want the block size restrictions that apply in the rural area. Although it is not part of my electorate, I know a little bit about it. Many people there wish tplive on smaller blocks and there are others who want to build holiday cabins there. I believe that their wishes can be encompassed in the development of Cox Peninsula provided the smaller subdivisions do not bleed over into the rural area outside Darwin because we do not want them there. It is very pleasing to see that there is an item in the NTEC budget of $96 000 for on-line circuit breakers in the Humpty Doo zone substation. As honourable members know" we had considerable trouble with our electricity reticulation in the rural area during the dry. We were told that this resulted from the depredations of flying foxes. As I said then, and I believe now, that was only part of the problem. Nevertheless, NTEC was very responsive to people's complaints about paying for electricity reticulation but not receiving the supply. NTEC has done everything it can to increase the quality of the supply of electricity to the rural area since then. 810
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