Member for Nhulunbuy, Lynne Walker, today said Nhulunbuy and the surrounding regions appear to have been left out of the CLP Government’s Developing the North plans.
“The CLP Government’s major economic policy for the Territory is void of any real plans for economic drivers for Nhulunbuy and the surrounding regions," Ms Walker said.
"This region has been left without key direction since the announcement by Rio Tinto to curtail their Alumina refinery operation in November last year.
“Adam Giles and the CLP Government have turned their backs on Nhulunbuy and the surrounding region.
"Developing the North forums are being held in every major Territory centre but Nhulunbuy.
"And advertising for the Developing the North policy to a national audience has left Nhulunbuy off the map completely.
“Is it a case of out of sight out of mind for Adam Giles and the CLP Government?"
Ms Walker said for nearly nine months the residents of Nhulunbuy have had to suffer the inaction of Adam Giles and the CLP Government.
"Residents are still waiting for the CLP Government to provide answers to what their plans are for the future of Nhulunbuy," Ms Walker said.
“Tourism ventures have been announced yet the CLP Tourism Minister, Matt Conlan, has not even visited the region.
“The Territorians living in Nhulunbuy and the surrounding regions deserve better."
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Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Ken Vowles, today said that further evidence has arisen that the CLP Government is pushing ahead with their privatisation plans for Darwin Ports.
“The CLP Government has begun a baseline review of Darwin Ports; they are clearly sizing up this important public asset for sale,” Mr Vowles said.
“Treasurer, Dave Tollner, confirmed earlier this week on ABC Drive that they “haven’t ruled out privatisations” for all of the Territory’s public assets.
“The CLP Government is hell-bent on selling off the Territory’s assets for quick cash grabs and the Darwin Ports is in the crosshairs.
“The privatisation of the Darwin port is an attack on jobs and cost of living in the Territory.”
Mr Vowles said that the privatisation of Darwin Ports would have a detrimental effect on Territorians; especially those employed at the ports.
“If a private company was to take over the operations of the port infrastructure in Darwin Territorians would be at the mercy of their commercial decisions,” Mr Vowles.
“Territory businesses transporting goods through the port will have to pay transport costs determined by a private profit-seeking company – increases in transport costs would be passed onto Territorians to bear.
“Workers at the port previously covered by NT Government EBA’s would lose the security of their current working conditions.
Mr Vowles said the CLP Government is pushing to sell the Territory’s public assets without a mandate.
“The CLP Government does not have permission from Territorians to sell off their valuable assets,” Mr Vowles said.