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Budget 2008 delivering more for Palmerston and rural area families



Budget 2008 delivering more for Palmerston and rural area families


Lawrie, Delia

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Australian Labor Party


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Northern Territory Government

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SAFER STREETS The Henderson Government is boosting community safety in Budget 2008 with more police resources and tough new laws cracking down on crime and anti social behaviour, Ms Lawrie said. In Budget 2008, Police, Fire and Emergency Services funding across the Territory is $247 million, an increase of 81% since 2001. A highlight of Budget 2008 is the $9.3 million two year Safer Streets plan which will deliver 60 extra police to target crime and anti social behaviour in urban areas. This will mean more patrols and resources targeting key issues of youth crime and alcohol related violence. Police will also receive $13 million over three years to upgrade to a state of the art communications system. NEW SCHOOLS We know Palmerston in one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and it will continue to grow, Ms Lawrie said. Two new schools, a middle and a primary, will be built in Rosebery provide 1,450 new places for students. Budget 2008 delivers $9.5 million for the headworks for the $48.8 million schools. The schools are scheduled to open in 2011. INVESTING IN THE FUTURE The Henderson Government is investing in the future of the Territory and creating more jobs through a solid infrastructure program, Ms Lawrie said. Budget 2008 will deliver record cash infrastructure funding of $870 million, an increase of $4.3 billion since 2001. Infrastructure highlights in Budget 2008 include: $89 million for the Tiger Brennan Drive extension. $9.8 million for additional power supply in Palmerston. $8.2 million for further work at the Weddell power station. $7 million for continuing headworks for the Bellamack subdivision. $5.5 million to raise the Darwin River Dam to increase the water storage capacity.

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