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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 based on usage rather than having a basic rate plus excess. The new charges align more closely with those in other states and will contribute towards covering the cost of the services. I have no doubt that, during the committee stage, I will have to home in on that one with some further information for honourable members opposite even though it is quite clear that water charges in the Northern Territory are not the most expensive in the nation. Revenue from the operations of the Motor Vehicle Registry is estimated to rise from $5.2m to $9m. Once again, the new charges will be aligned more closely with those in the states. I note the comments of the member for MacDonnell and I will reply to those in more detail during the committee stage. The Darwin Bus Service estimates that, with the new bus fares, revenue will increase by over $250 000 this year to $1.53m. This will enable us to reduce slightly the level of subsidy to keep the service going. Without the extra revenue, the subsidy would have risen from $3.2m in 1985-86 to $3.5m. Another area of my responsibility is the Department of Ports and Fisheries. The government has reaffirmed its commitment to a major program to develop the full potential of the fishing industry. Funding for the Department of Ports and Fisheries in 1986-87 includes $242 000 for a major new program directed at fish marketing and new product development and $256 000 for a major new program directed at fostering the development of a commercial aquaculture industry in the Northern Territory. The 2 principal elements in the fish marketing and new product development program comprise $127 000 for the establishment and operation of a market information centre and new market research development, and $115 000 to establish product handling and product quality guidelines as the basis to enhancing the potential return to the Northern Territory industry. As a developing industry, budget funding allocated to aquaculture is $106 000 for a service and development system for the industry, $115 000 for supportive and strategic applied programs and $35 000 for the appointment of a senior aquaculture development officer. Ongoing programs to foster ship repair and marine services industries will continue. An additional $41 000 is provided in the budget to enable the department to continue the monitoring of the Mary River as part of the ongoing Barramundi Management Plan. The Darwin Port Authority has 2 main capital works projects. The first is the Frances Bay Mooring Basin, which is a $6.5m project designed to provide cyclone-protected lay-up facilities for the fishing industry. It is nearing completion and should be ready for occupancy in December 1986. Expenditure on this project to date is $5.4m. Current bookings for berths total 98, comprising 48 fishing vessels, 10 commercial vessels and 40 pleasure vessels. Berth priority is allocated to commercial fishing vessels with pleasure vessels occupying the balance until they are required by the fishing industry. The Stokes Hill Wharf rehabilitation project was initiated by the Port Authority to extend the under-deck steelwork for the life of the wharf for a further period of 10 years at its original design capacity. Works are nearing completion. The total project cost is $750 000. Honourable members may be surprised at the low profile adopted by the Department of Lands in this budget, particularly given the department's major role in urban development. The reason is simple. Since self-government, the Territory government has been working towards providing sufficient quantities of residential, commercial and industrial land to meet the needs of all our 840

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