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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 to Brunei. Horticultural products have been exported to Singapore. Until such time as we are able to upgrade products, it is going to be very difficult for us to penetrate those markets. Territory exporters have been working very closely with government instrumentalities such as ADMA and the Northern Territory Development Corporation to enable them to upgrade their products and then to secure markets. Another success on the overseas trade mission was Mr Bob Neate of Neata Glass. He designed some glass French doors which won an Australian Design Award. Mr Neate has secured some very good orders for his door products in some of the more exclusive apartments in Singapore. Unless we send trade missions, there is very little hope of increasing our manufacturing and exporting base. This year, there will be further trade missions to Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Following on from that, the Northern Territory Development Corporation is conducting a survey to try to establish strategies to upgrade both air and sea freight services. Another important development has been the conception and completion of Yulara. One must not forget the Sheraton Hotels under construction in Alice Springs and Darwin. They will be very important in developing our tourism infrastructure. Sir Frederick Sutton has made an announcement to complete a hotel on his old car yard site. Just recently, another gentleman by the name of Skonis announced that he will construct a hotel as well. The other exciting proposal is the Kakadu infrastructure at Jabiru. Discussions are taking place with the Gagadju Association for the construction of a hotel resort facility in that region. I am pleased to say that the Chief Minister has had correspondence with Mr Clyde Holding, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. He has also sent copies of correspondence to the Prime Minister and to the minister responsible for the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mr Cohen. Hopefully, in the next 2 months; some decision may come forward from those good gentlemen on the size of the Jabiru infrastructure. At the moment, as the Leader of the Opposition would be aware, approval has been granted for at least a 50-unit resort in that area. With the tourism boom that we are expecting, we are hoping to be able to increase the size of that particular infrastructure. Mr B. Collins: Did you manage to catch John Brown at the airport? Mr DONDAS: I can talk about John Brown later. He is not a friend of the Territory, but who is down there. Kings Canyon is another exciting proposal. Just recently, Cabinet and some of our parliamentary colleagues were able to have a look at some of the proposed development of the Kings Canyon area. I am happy to say that some of the proposals range from about $10m to about $45m. Hopefully, in the next 2 or 3 months, decisions on that particular facility will be finalised. The important thing is that we are talking about Aboriginal equity participation. Hopefully, that will become a reality. Another area that we have taken time out to examine is Stapleton Station. I have not had the opportunity of seeing the country myself but I believe it is only an hour and a half drive from Darwin and contains some tremendous country and tremendous sights. I certainly hope that we would be able to develop that in the future. 49

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