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Katherine a big winner in Budget 2015

Posted On April 28, 2015

Willem Westra van Holthe, Member for Katherine
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

The Country Liberals Government has delivered a strong plan for Katherine, with Budget 2015 making the lives of residents simpler, safer and smarter.

Treasurer David Tollner said $299 million has been allocated to the region, with a focus on law and order, health and education.

“Budget 2015 includes an additional $8.7 million ongoing for the recruitment of Police Officers across the Territory, fulfilling our election commitment of an additional 120 police officers during our first term,” Mr Tollner said.

“Earlier this month 18 new Police Officers were permanently stationed in Katherine, providing more front line services across the region to strengthen community safety.

“Our commitment to making the lives of Territorians safer is unwavering, with $7.6 million allocated to the relocation of the Ambulance Station outside of the Katherine flood zone. $200,000 will also go to a sonography outreach service to make the lives of patients simpler.

“Improved education is also a key focus of Budget 2015 with $3.71 million to assist isolated students through the Katherine School of the Air. $2.65 million will also go towards a new administration facility at Kintore Street School to complete the final stage of the special school redevelopment and expansion.

“$900,000 will go to the Katherine and Victoria River Research Stations to support their research programs,” Mr Tollner said.

Budget 2015 also delivers on major infrastructure projects including:

  • $10.8 million to continue construction of head works and subdivision works to support the release of residential land in Katherine East Stage 2, Kalkarindji, Mataranka and Timber Creek
  • $5 million to upgrade the Robinson and Calvert stream crossings on Wollogorang Road to improve flood immunity and road safety
  • $4 million to upgrade and seal selected sections of the Roper Highway between Fizzer Creek and Ngukurr
  • $3.5 million for the construction of subdivision works to support the release of up to 35 residential lots at Borroloola
  • $2.5 million to seal selected sections of the Lajamanu access road between Kalkarindji and Lajamanu
  • $1 million in Territory and Commonwealth funding for detailed design development of two bridges over Little Horse and Big Horse Creeks on the Victoria Highway.

Member for Katherine Willem Westra van Holthe said the great Katherine lifestyle has been cemented in Budget 2015.

“The Katherine Motor Sports Club receives $1 million to upgrade the track, crash wall and fencing. This is a large investment that will help the Club attract more events to the region, as well as cater for local enthusiasts by increasing their motorsports options,” Mr Westra van Holthe said.

“The Katherine Country Club will benefit from a major injection of funds, with a $820,000 capital grant going towards the redevelopment of the Club.

“We’re also enhancing the region’s cultural scene, with $500,000 in funding for the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre.

“$400,000 will be injected into local public library services, along with $290,000 for the Katherine Town Council for visitor information services.

“The Northern Territory Government also reaffirmed its commitment to Katherine’s Defence community, with $720,000 for the Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal to operate as an alternate destination for international carriers servicing Darwin,” Mr Westra van Holthe said.

Budget 2015 makes life simpler for the region’s farmers affected by Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus, with a $1.2 million subsidy scheme over two years to assist with day-to-day operating costs.

Mr Westra van Holthe said land resource management is also a major focus.

“We’ve allocated $750,000 for the provision of weed management services to landholders, including pastoralists across the Katherine and Barkly regions. A further $280,000 will also be provided, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Government to assist landholders in the fight against Bellyache Bush in the Katherine region,” Mr Westra van Holthe said.

“$140,000 will go to the continuation of work with local Indigenous elders to preserve and utilise Indigenous knowledge around flora and fauna.

“Water allocation, planning and monitoring will also benefit with $140,000 in funding committed to the Katherine region to support sustainable policy development.”

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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