16 May 2016 - Territory Labor Leader, Michael Gunner, today reiterated his support to education and the future of our kids with a commitment to provide every Territory school with $300,000 for minor new works or repairs and maintenance projects.
“A Territory Labor Government will be defined by the way we support the future of Territory children,” Mr Gunner said.
“Each Territory school will receive $300,000 to put towards repairs and maintenance, extensions or a school minor works project.
“We will leave it to the schools, their School Councils and School Boards, to make the decisions about how to spend it.
“Schools will be able to contribute this money to co-fund a project from their own resources or use it directly on a smaller project or repairs and maintenance to boost the effectiveness of their school.
“There will also be a four year $5 million program for homelands schools repairs and maintenance and upgrades,” Mr Gunner said.
Michael Gunner said that the grant will also act as a stimulus package to boost work for small contractors across the Territory who are currently in an economic hole because of the failure of the CLP Government’s economic policies.
“These grants will be delivered in conjunction with our ‘Buy Local’ policy and that means we will directly support local business and jobs along with improving every school in the Territory and that’s a good thing,” Mr Gunner said.
“The grants will be one off and programmed to be delivered out over 4 years to the 189 schools in the Northern Territory, of which 152 are Government and 37 are non-government.”
The total cost of this commitment is $61.7 million over 4 years and it will be funded from within the capital works budget.
5 March 2016 - Territory Labor leader Michael Gunner today announced if elected, Labor would invest more than $50 million in recreational fishing infrastructure during its first term.
“Recreational fishing is an iconic part of the Top End’s lifestyle,” Mr Gunner said.
“It’s an important reason for many Territorians to stay here and continue their investment in the Territory.
Good recreational fishing is important for the tourism industry and is a jobs generator particularly in the more remote areas.
“Assisting sound economic development of remote areas through the use of partnerships with Aboriginal Territorians is core Labor thinking.
“In our first term Labor will commit $50 million to the development of much needed and improved recreational fishing infrastructure.
“We will directly engage with the recreational fishing community to advise on the needs and priorities of anglers.
“Recreational fishers will be engaged in drawing up a list of key projects against the expenditure, however Labor believes there is an immediate need for some projects to get underway.
A Territory Labor Government will also:
“Labor understands the important role that recreational fishing plays in the lives of Territorians. That’s why we will protect the environment to ensure that our fishing resources are protected as well.”
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13 October 2015 - Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Natasha Fyles, announced today that Territory Labor will introduce a Bill at the next sittings in November to defer sale or lease of our Port until after the next year’s general election.
“Adam Giles and the CLP do not have a mandate to sell our port and with the election only 10 months away the CLP must take this decision to the people,” said Natasha Fyles.
“This is a real opportunity for Adam Giles to actually listen to Territorians instead of arrogantly rushing forward with another once off cash grab. Adam Giles and the CLP can’t be trusted with the sale of our public assets. We saw this firsthand when they sold TIO - 43 locals lost their jobs.
“Territory Labor’s Bill will also provide that the sale or lease of the Port can’t proceed unless supported by a majority vote in the Legislative Assembly after the election.
“In effect this means the sale or lease of the Port will only proceed subject to a mandate from Territorians; as it stands, the CLP do not have a mandate to sell or lease our Port.”
Natasha Fyles said that our port is a key strategic asset for the future development of our economy and emerging industries.
“The Northern Territory has a number of emerging industries, many of which are in the birth of their development; that’s why it’s crucial Government maintains strategic control of our port.”
Natasha Fyles said port workers are concerned for their job security given the CLP’s track record on failing to keep jobs and conditions safe in previous public asset sales.
“Port worker job security should not be disposed of or disadvantaged as TIO workers were following the sale of TIO,” said Natasha Fyles.
“Adam Giles tabled a document in Parliament claiming port workers would be no worse off if the port was sold or leased. Despite Adam Giles’ promise it is now clear entitlements including job security and superannuation for port workers are under threat.
“Adam Giles and the CLP must have a mandate to sell our port; otherwise it’s just another cash grab from a Government that refuses to listen to Territorians.
“A Territory Government has the capacity to acquire private capital into our port without the need to sell it off, as was demonstrated by the former Territory Labor Government and the marine supply base project.”
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11 August 2015 - Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure today acknowledged comments from experts confirming that the CLP’s privatisation of the Darwin Port has is likely to impact on the hip pockets of Territorians.
Comments today from Victoria University’s Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics Maritime expert, Peter van Duyn, with regard to the privatisation of the Darwin Port, said:
“That will make it extra hard for the sellers and bidders to determine a fair price for these attractive infrastructure assets, under what conditions a competing port may be establish and whether potential compensation should be paid to the incumbents. Any compensation payment would likely fall to the taxpayer.” – Oil and Gas Australia.
“This confirms what we already knew, that Territorians will be faced with higher cost of living as a result of the CLP and their obsession with privatizing our public assets,” said Ms Fyles.
“Mr Peter van Duyn, a maritime logistics expert with the Victoria University’s Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics, also confirmed what we’ve known all along – that the “lease” of our Darwin Port, and increases to the berth and other rates, are an apparent move to raise the sale price and sell the Port off in the future.
“Privatising Darwin Port will hike up transport costs for everyday goods, hurting the hip pocket.
“Businesses will be faced with higher transport costs, hurting their businesses and they’ll be forced to pass on costs to customers.
“Adam Giles and the arrogant CLP Government rammed through the sale of the Port without any public consultation or a mandate, just like the TIO sale.
“The CLP government doesn’t listen to the community or experts and Territorians will be the ones who literally pay the price for the CLP’s arrogance.”
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Palmerston residents deserve Northern Territory Government infrastructure funding support in the upcoming budget, Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie said today.
“Our fastest growing city deserves better than to be left swinging in the breeze wondering if the Territory Government will support critical infrastructure,” Ms Lawrie said.
“The CLP Government has failed to respond to a Palmerston City Council request for $6million to enable it to proceed with upgrades to Goyder Square, the Boulevard and plan the future of the Palmerston pool.
Ms Lawrie said that Palmerston Council requested the funding late last year but the silence had been deafening.
“Despite the CLP being in government thanks to the support of Palmerston residents they are left wondering when infrastructure upgrades will occur and they are now watching the Palmerston hospital construction blow out by years,” Ms Lawrie said.
In its last term of Government Labor delivered about $50 million, working in partnership with Palmerston Council to upgrade and build major infrastructure including the new Palmerston waterpark, and state-of-the-art sport facilities including AFL, tennis, netball, soccer and rugby league. “Labor recognises that Palmerston needs infrastructure funding support from the Territory Government to meet the needs of this dynamic city,” Ms Lawrie said.
“Under the CLP there is just a void of uncertainty, it’s getting so bad that the council is considering shelving these infrastructure projects.”
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