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Minerals Council of Australia NT Division : Minerals Council Aust NT Div 2012
Minerals Council of Australia 21 government for the Territory. In government, we will support you by giving the relevant department the proper resources to do what it needs to get the job done. Resources; which are funded and backed-up; line- by-line in the budget. I am not criticising hard working public servants -- because the problems we face now are not of their doing. There is a real lack of leadership in government that has led to a lack of expertise - the government is top heavy with political advisors and policy makers, while people who understand your industry are thin on the ground. We will correct that imbalance. Under the current boom, there has been lots of exploration, plenty of expenditure, but little conversion. You have to ask why? It is because the business of government -- is failing business. Labor is not helping companies get through the laborious, bureaucratic red tape and the necessary planning and environmental approvals in a timely manner. As you know, there is a window of opportunity to develop and provide certainty for supply contracts - and any bureaucratic delays can quickly close that window. The Territory's major mines Rio Tinto Alcan, GEMCO, McArthur River and Ranger Mine, were all products of the 1960s exploration boom. The Tanami was a product of the boom in the 1980s -- there have been no world class mines since (apart from Jabiluka, though that's now off the drawing board). Labor has allowed Arafura Resources to slip though it's fingers -- a $600m development lost to South Australia, without any hint of a fight. We need to establish supply of extractive materials for Darwin, and start planning for it's delivery to projects. Weneedaplanonhowto transport the material through Darwin and the rural area - so that road trains laden with rocks, sand and gravel can safely travel through built up areas. The Country Liberals have a plan for the expansion of Greater Darwin. Twelve months ago I released a discussion paper entitled Planning for Greater Darwin, A Dynamic Harbour City, which looks at requirements for population centres, industrial expansion, environmental enhancement and the future infrastructure needs of Darwin, Palmerston, Litchfield and other Top End growth centres. The plan foreshadows satellite cities linked by an integrated transport system; the construction of new road and rail linkages, including a spur line from the main rail line from Berrimah into the CBD and light rail services. It outlines a vision for heavy industrial development at Glyde Point -- a proposal that Labor still hasn't committed to. The plan includes water, energy, and health, educational and recreational needs as Darwin grows, and identifies a second airport for general and commercial aviation. It is the infrastructure that successful explorers will need to take their project to the next level. We have a plan for infrastructure, as we know we cannot capitalise on our people and our natural resources without the necessary infrastructure in place. But we have to balance development with the protection of our environment and ensure that all proper processes are in place. We have to make the most of our resources -- and that includes having pollution abatement measures consistent with best practice in the world. The Territory's best days are ahead. We believe we have the plan, the vision, and the political will to work with you and make sure it happens. Thank you for your time. In government, we will support you by giving the relevant department the proper resources to do what it needs to get the job done.
Minerals Council NT 2013