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Debates and Questions Day 2 - 8 May 2019



Debates and Questions Day 2 - 8 May 2019

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Parliamentary Record 19


Debates and Questions for 13th Assembly 2019 - 2020; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES AND QUESTIONS Wednesday 8 May 2019 6078 ANSWER Madam Speaker, we are talking about the subdivision at Strangways Road, Lot 5546. In June 2014 Humpty Doo Industrial Park Pty Ltd accessed that Crown land for use as an industrial estate. It is to contribute money to the headworks and to put money in for a new sewerage system. It sought an extension of time. It also had a further extension of time to October this year. What has happened is that initially, in 2014, it was thought there would be substantial interest in having further industrial land in the Humpty Doo area. That has not eventuated. Without the new developmentthere are already lots in the Spencley area that are currently on the market trying to be sold. The development agreement was amended in January 2016 and the company was given an extension to December 2017. It then requested a further extension, citing low market interest in that land. At this stage it has been extended to October this year. Mr Wood: It is too expensive. Ms LAWLER: Yeswe have had these conversations. I have some further information. The 20 lots that are at stage one are currently being marketed by the developer for about $700 000 for a 4150 square metre lot to $1.79m for a 1.43 hectare lot. In the current climate, in regard to rural lots that is not being looked into. It has been extended. We would like land to be available in the Humpty Doo area for industrial development, but it is moving quite slowly. The Property Council did a review of industrial land across the greater Darwin area late last year. Its projections were that there are substantial amounts of industrial land already available and that the demand is not there. It will be at least October this year before we see any more movement on that one. Police Resourcing Alice Springs Mr McCONNELL to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY SERVICES You may be aware of significant incidents in Alice Springs, particularly in Bath Street between Coles and Woolworths, where the street has been closed down. This is not just due to the event yesterday; there were a number of events leading up to that. These significant events happening in Alice Springs are the result of a lack of policing resources in remote communities. Is the denial of adequate resources to remote police causing a safety issue in the town of Alice Springs? ANSWER Madam Speaker, we are committed to making sure that people in the bush get the police resources they need and deserve. When we came to government one of our key commitments was an extra 120 police. We need to boost police resources across the Northern Territory. The former CLP government promised it but failed to deliver. As well as the 120 policeI know you are not the not the biggest fan, Member for Stuartwe have also put on 75 police auxiliary liquor inspectors. We have just reached a contingent of about 60. There are another 15 to go. We have had great results regarding alcohol-related assaults in Alice Springs. There has been a decline in alcohol-related presentations to the emergency department. We are getting results. There is no doubt that we want to see more resources in the bush. We are making sure that we look within the police force to encourage more officers to become remote police officers. I want to see more people becoming police officers in the bush as opposed to filling in on a temporary basis. This is important because they can create longer-term relationships with people in the community. They have a bigger impact when they have stronger relationships. We have been working with police on strengthening the incentives to get people out bush. We have been looking at how we can create greater weighting in promotions for officers who have done time out bush. That is something we are running with to get the resources out bush, and to get people committing to it.

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