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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 that flow from tourism. Major projects commencing this year include beautification of McMillans Road between Lee Point Road and Mueller Road at $2.5m and 43 km of the Stuart Highway at $8.45m. The 20 km section of the Barkly Highway between the 60 km and the 80 km marks is rapidly falling apart and will be reconstructed at an estimated cost of $3.2m. A further 7 km of the Kakadu Highway will be constructed at a cost of $600 000. The sealed section of the Ross Highway will be extended by 10 km taking in the intersection with the Trephina Gorge access road at a cost of $1.5m. Construction of a deviation around Bulldog Pass on the Cox Peninsula Road will eliminate one of the most dangerous sections remaining on our roads in the Northern Territory. A further section of the Port Keats Road between Pulumpa and Port Keats will be realigned and constructed to a formed gravel standard at a cost of $400 000. The improvement of the tourist link between Roper Bar and Borroloola will take in the forming and regravelling of isolated sections between Roper Bar and the Nathan River Crossing and 8 km of formed gravel access to Central Mount Stuart will be constructed and will be of great benefit to the tourist industry at a cost of $0.5m. Litchfield Park access from Batchelor, stage I, will cost $0.5m and this first stage of the project, to be completed next Dry, will see the construction of a new alignment to improve 4-wheel-drive access to the top of the Tabletop Range. Reconstruction and upgrading of various sections of the Buchanan Highway near Wave Hill, valued at $1.lm, will greatly improve the trafficability of this highway. $lm has been set aside for the ongoing upgrading of local roads within the Shire of Litchfield and my department is in the process of handing over the program and full responsibility for this work to the Litchfield Shire Council. Mr Speaker, I would like to make a few comments on water and sewerage. Honourable members, I am sure, will be in much the same boat as myself when confronted with the double talk of professional economists when they try to explain whether the economy is going up, down or sideways, booming, receding or in depression. I would like to suggest that there is at least one much easier measure which we all understand: the demand for water and sewerage services. The steady increase in demand we are being asked to satisfy indicates more and more people are coming either to stay or visit the Territory and more and more businesses are establishing here. They all use water and they all have the same bodily functions. Members will notice we have works programs of over $16m to handle this constantly rising demand. Some of the major projects are: upgrading of sewerage services in Alice Springs and the Rowe Creek bore field; upgrading of Goyder Road to Port Darwin trunks for water and sewerage; upgrading water and sewerage services to the Nightcliff, Coconut Grove, Rapid Creek and Millner areas; headworks for the Trade Development Zone; headworks to cope with the rapidly increasing demand in Katherine; and upgrading of services at Tennant Creek, Borroloola and Batchelor. Mr Speaker, you will recall that the Treasurer announced in his budget speech that water, sewerage and electricity utilities are to be combined. The government is of the view that they each provide a service to much the same market, in roughly the same way, and that many administrative roles are being duplicated, such as billing and collection of revenue. Initial investigations indicate that savings can be made and, as a result, the government has reduced the salaries allocation to the Water Division by over $0.5m. This does not mean any employee will lose his or her job but rather that some positions will not be filled as they become vacant and some staff may need to be redeployed within the public service. 837

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