Bess Price, Member for Stuart
Budget 2015 is delivering much needed infrastructure upgrades to the Barkly region making residents lives simpler and safer.
Member for Stuart, Bess Price, said the Country Liberals Government has used the past two Budgets to repair the damage created by 11 years of Labor neglect, especially in the Barkly.
"The Barkly region covers almost a quarter of the Territory, and will see a funding injection that will upgrade roads, deliver health services, support the tourism industry and create jobs," Mrs Price said.
“We’ve worked hard to develop and deliver a Budget that will make the lives of Territorians simpler and safer through sound economic management.
“Budget 2015 invests heavily in infrastructure for the Territory with $1 million over two years into a feasibility study for a potential new rail project linking Tennant Creek to Mount Isa.
“A new 600 kilometre rail project linking these two centres has the potential to provide enormous economic opportunities, particularly in the resources industry.
“This rail connection would provide a standard gauge rail link to the Port of Darwin from north western Queensland via the AustralAsia line, at the same time as opening up access to a broad new area of the NT.
"This Budget will also see heavy investment in roads that will return money to our economy, with every arterial road in the Territory receiving upgrades."
Budget 2015 will deliver on major infrastructure upgrades including:
"Sound economic management means we can now afford to deliver quality services and investments in much needed infrastructure that will pay dividends both now and in the future," Mrs Price said.
"Budget 2015 is making life safer for Territorians by investing in Police, Fire and Emergency services across the Territory."
Since this Government introduced a comprehensive range of alcohol management measures in Tennant Creek, the town has become a much safer place to work and live, putting the Barkly on the NT map for all the right reasons.
After a decade of neglect, the transformation of Tennant Creek has been achieved through a combination of voluntary alcohol restrictions and tough new measures by NT Police including Temporary Beat Locations.
Alcohol-related assaults are down 59 per cent which means the number of women and children who are victims of alcohol-fuelled violence has more than halved.
"A prosperous economy is a key focus of Budget 2015 with $4.68 million in Territory and Commonwealth funding going towards operating and delivering education and training for Territorians to develop new skills to gain employment," Mrs Price said.
"We are investing $600,000 over three years to promote regional and remote industry participation and employment in emerging projects in Central Australia and Barkly regions."
This Government is also working to grow Tourism in the Barkly, announcing the establishment of a permanent exhibition in Tennant Creek to commemorate Victoria Cross recipient Albert Borella.
“The exhibition will be an opportunity to permanently commemorate Albert Borella’s contribution and share his amazing military story with a new generation of Territorians," Mrs Price said.
The project will be funded through the Government’s new $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Grants Program which has a particular focus on regional, remote and Aboriginal product development.
“The Giles Government is working hard to make this wonderful part of the Territory a better place to live, work, invest and play,” Mrs Price said.
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