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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 The Act i ng Lord Mayor has said that any increase in the number of co 11 ect ions wi 11 resu 1 tin an increase in costs to ratepayers. However, I think that he should remember that it is only in recent times that rubbish collections moved from 2 to 1 a week and that, originally, our garbage rate covered the cost of 2 collections per week. I would also remind him that I spoke to him on the subject prior to the introduction of the wheeliebins. On a number of occasions, I pointed out the problems that people in Cairns have had with maggots in bins used there, and I suggested that some more research should be done by the council before it introduced the bins in Darwin. What I believe was a lack of a proper appraisal of the use of wheelie bins in the tropics is now resulting in a situation where the council has purchased wheelie bins, which it has supplied to the community of Darwin. They are proving not to be doing the job, and it will cost money to change the system now. If the council tries to put that cost on the community, it wi 11 encounter some seri ous problems with ratepayers because, as I sai d earlier, the community is paying already for 2 collections a week. I urge the council to listen to what the Darwin community has to say in relation to the wheelie bins. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Koolpinyah)':; Mr Speaker, I rise in the adjournment debate today to enlarge on a question I asked the Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries this morning. He did not really answer the question that I asked him, but that was as expected. I believe that it is more ,than necessary for him to get that land back for use by the department in view of proposals that I heard about today that are in train for an enlargement of horticultural interests in the department. Mr Reed: They had better tell me! Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: know. I have fri ends. they are friends. Sometimes, I hea,r these things before you do, you They do not always occupy high places, but still Mr Speaker, the history of thiS' matter is that the government, in its wisdom, decided to flog off land as 5-acre rural blocks all across the Stuart Highway frontage of the' Berrimah Research Station. Some antagoni sm to this idea was demonstrated by developers in Palmerston, who were' also trying to sell off rural blocks at that time and were not having much success. As a result, the government withdrew its blocks from the market. This was' done after removing' the Conservation Commission from, its area adjacent to the Berrimah Research Station and also pushing off all of those people in the department who were' using the front part of the research station for their particular research. Those rural blocks were never sold and, some time later, the gover.nment had another brilli ant idea, and that was to estab 1 ish an i nterriat i ona 1 grammar school there.: We all know what happened to that. It went phut in a . grand way. The result of the failure of that project - and I do not think it reflects very happily on the government - is that that area of land, which runs all along the frontage of the Berrimah Research Station, is still vacant. It isa disgrace. At least the weeds have died now and therefore it is not as bad as it was earli er .Bes i des the weeds, the area is still fu 11 of excavat ions. If I were worki ng there as a research sci ent ist or as an employee in any other capacity, I would be ashamed of the place. It is very important that employees in any workplace are able to take pride in the place in which they work. They may take pride in the job in which they are 9970

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