The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021
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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 BUSINESS 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Deficit to improve AUSTRALIAS eye-watering budget deficit has scraped in below $200bn as the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the budget update confirmed the Australian economy was rebounding strongly following the biggest economic shocks since the Great Depression. Our recovery is very much dependent upon our continued success in containing COVID-19, he said. Watch for text scam SCAMMERS posing as virtual Woolworths representatives have caught the eye of government watchdog Scamwatch after shoppers were asked to submit personal information to a text message. The scam text message correctly identifies the name of the recipient. The text, from a fake Woolworths virtual assistant Suzy, tells recipients that a receipt from one of their purchases in 2020 had automatically entered them in a draw and a prize was ready to claim. Study call for siding A Ghan railway siding would be a big incentive for the NT mine projects. A FULL study should be done to determine the best location for a rail siding to support three key mine projects proposed for Central Australia. KGL Resources executive chairman Denis Wood has floated the idea of a railway siding to take advantage of The Ghan railway and reduce the time and cost to get minerals to the Port of Darwin. Last week KGLs $200m Jervois copper mine 380km northeast of Alice Springs was given the green light by the Northern Territory government. Mr Wood said with thousands of jobs to flow from the three mines a railway siding would be a big incentive for potential investors to commit their cash to the projects. He said the study would help determine whether a rail siding would be a true benefit. While I have talked about the ben efits of a rail siding where the Plenty River Highway intersects The Ghan railway crossing, it may be better north of Alice, but still close to the Plenty River Highway for more common use., Mr Wood said. KGL will have to truck our minerals to Alice to get it to the rail and so will other potential mines such as Arafura Resources Nolans rare earths project and Thors Molyhil project. A common user rail siding would be a great source of encouragement to investors for all three of these significant Territory projects. It would cut hundreds of kilometres off a round trip for our trucks to Alice Springs. Having a rail siding also takes these trucks off the highway to and from Alice Springs. The Jervois mine alone will have 11 B-triple trucks a day on the road to Alice in daylight hours but said a railway siding would avoid that. GARY SHIPWAY Rail link could be spur for three key mine projects Palmerston Park and Ride Upgrade Palmerston Bus Interchange The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is upgrading the Palmerston Bus Interchange Park and Ride facility to improve passenger experience and safety. The contract was awarded to Whatareya Pty Ltd, trading as Diggamen Civil Contracting for $1.1 million. The works will support 11 direct and 33 indirect jobs, and include: Increasing the capacity of the park and ride car park from 33 to 88 sealed parking bays. Improving pedestrian and interchange safety. Improving lighting for car parks. Priority access to buses exiting the interchange to reduce bus delay times. The park and ride facilities will be closed for use during this time, and alternative car parking will need to be sought by users while the park and ride facility is being upgraded. Works will commence late-January and are expected to be completed by late-May 2021 (weather permitting). Please adhere to all traffic and safety measures in place. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we deliver improved safety and passenger experience. For more information, contact Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Project Officer, James Stanway on phone 8999 4618 or email email@example.com. For more information on this project or any other project, visit www.dipl.nt.gov.au ROAD REPORT NT To check road conditions visit RoadReportNT on Facebook or roadreport.nt.gov.auntlis.nt.gov.au/planning N 0 . NORTHERN ~ TERRITORY .... GOVERNMENT