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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 - Hednesday 27 February 1985 The reason I mention it today is to place its contents on the public record and to draw them to the attention of the new incumbent. In his response, the member for Fannie Bay, then the Minister for Lands, referred to 7 particular studies that were being carried out. He referred to a development plan for the Larapinta Valley which was completed in September 1984. Secondly, he referred to the Undoolya structure plan which was being prepared by Pak Poy and Kneebone Pty Ltd in conjunction with Hilling and Partners. In that letter, he mentioned that a draft report was due on 21 December 1984 with a final report due by the end of January 1985. Thirdly, he mentioned a study of the central business district which was expected to be commissioned before the end of 1984.at an estimated cost of $50 000. The recommendations from this report, I was advised, were to be included in the 1985 structure plan. Fourthly, the Undoolya and Hhitegums area groundwater study was under consideration and it was expected that this would be commissioned at a cost of $100 000 early in 1985. Fifthly, alternative areas for long-term growth of Alice Springs were also being investigated on what the minister referred to as an in-house basis by Department of Lands staff and it was said that these options would be presented in the draft structure plan. Sixthly, the draft structure plan for Alice Springs was expected to be available by March 1985. Finally, we were advised that the final Alice Springs structure plan would be prepared by Department of Lands staff and would be available by July 1985. Mr Speaker, quite clearly, there are a number of particular targets to be met there: the draft report due on 21 December, the final report due by the end of January and so on. I look forward to hearing from the minister whether those particular studies are on target. Before I finish with that particular subject, I think that it is not unreasonable to reiterate that the government continues to. reap the whirlwind of ill-advised land development decisions that it has taken over the last 2 years. Unfortunately, it is not the minister sitting here nor the honourable members of government who reside in Alice Springs who suffer the misfortunes of the lack of direction the government has taken in this regard. It is the poor beggars who come through my office. I am quite sure other honourable members the members for Flynn, Braitling, Araluen and Sadadeen - see people under similar circumstances. Hhat staggers me is that .those members never make contributions to this Assembly on that basis. They believe that, if they shut up for long enough, the problem will go away. Hell I have news for them: it will not go away. A second matter that I wish to address briefly, because it was brought up in the Administrator's address, involves my own electorate: Yulara and the proposed development at Kings Canyon. Hith respect to Yulara, we note that the Australian taxpayer is responsible for considerable debt in that regard. It has been the subject of debate in this Assembly on many occasions. That is perhaps a negative aspect of the Yulara development that only the opposition will bring forward. However, so that we are not criticised for carping in this regard, let me not hesitate to put on the public record that I find Yulara as an architectural achievement considerably impressive. As with honourable members on the other side of the Assembly, I look forward with interest to Yulara being a successful enterprise. However, I represent a constituency which has a majority of traditionallyorientated Aboriginal people. I would add the following caveat with respect to the tourist industry and its benefits for the Northern Territory: there is some concern. Some of us are used to travelling large distances and meeting with new people as part of our work. However, the way of life of those traditionallyorientated Aboriginal people, which has existed in central Australia for such a 69