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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 $59.3m of the $117m will be spent by the Public Works Division. This allocation will enable the completion of numerous major projects and the letting of contracts for new initiatives. Some of the projects to be completed are: a pre and primary school at Moulden valued at over $5m; a pre and primary school and community facilities at Katherine East valued at over $18m; the upgrading of Sadadeen High School and Nightcliff High School and construction of new facilities for Casuarina Secondary College to the value of over $1.5m; education facilities at Gumarirbang, Elliott, Borroloola, Harts Range and Milikapiti at a cost of over $lm; the nursing studies facilities at DIT; upgrading of water and sewerage facilities at a variety of locations, including Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin, Borroloola and Tennant Creek, at a value of over $6m; and a new cell block for the police in Tennant Creek. Some of the existing projects that the Public Works Division will commence this financial year are: stage 2 of the provision of training facilities for police, fire service and the emergency service at Berrimah at in excess of $3.4m; the construction of the central fire station and fire service administration centre in Stuart Park; the construction of the Katherine East High school for about $13.5m; administration, Computing and School of Extension Services, DIT, at a cost of $7m; stage 6 of Batchelor College at over $5m, to include a library resource centre, a distance studies building, residential accommodation and other facilities; the construction of a renal dialysis unit at the Flynn Drive Community Health Centre; and relocation of Department of Transport and Works facilities from the 2i mile site on the Stuart Highway to Winnellie and Palmerston which will free up valuable land in what is otherwise a predominantly residential area. These are only a few highlights of this year's capital works program. No doubt honourable members will have perused Budget Paper No 5 which gives more detail of ongoing and new projects. Members will have noted that the total value of the Transport and Works capital works program for 1986-87 is approximately $200m which includes both works in progress and new works. The government has provided cash of over $170m to service that program. The largest single component of the $200m program is $68.7m for the construction of roads. The Roads Division has been allocated over $56m in 1986-87 to service that program and a Lands Department program of $21.6m which is mainly for subdivisional development. It is clear from the budget papers that the allocation for capital works in roads has stayed at virtually the same level as 1985-86. Honourable members would have also noticed that it is expected that the contribution of the Commonwealth and NT governments to that $56m is virtually the same as our relative contributions last year. The other significant item in the roads budget is the increase in the repairs and maintenance allocation from $18.8m to $20.9m. It is a simple fact of life that, as the road network is extended and improved with new work, the result is an increasing appetite for repairs and maintenance funds. The government has recognised this and has increased the allocation. I am sure it will be welcomed by the travelling public and by the dedicated bunch of roadies who work in Highway House at Palmerston and at small bush camps throughout the Territory. $6.5m will be spent on national highways, $1.2m on urban arterials, $4m on rural arterials and $8m on local roads. I would like to mention some of the major works that will occur this year. It will be obvious from the items that I have mentioned that this government is maintaining its commitment to provide improved access to areas of interest to tourists. This is essential if we are to maximise the economic benefits 836

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