Department of the Legislative Assembly

ANSWERS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS

17 September 2002

9. Water Supply for Cox Peninsula area of Wagait and Belyuen Communities

Mr MALEY to MINISTER for ESSENTIAL SERVICES

1. Minister, would you kindly advise the progress of plans to connect Cox Peninsula including the Wagait and Belyuen communities to articulated town water?

2. What enquires have been undertaken to determine the feasibility of piping water under Darwin Harbour so as to supply the Cox Peninsula community?

3. Will your government concede that connecting to town water for these communities is a priority and that it will occur within the first term of your government in accordance with promises made at a public meeting by the Labor candidate for the electorate of Goyder prior to the 18 August 2001 poll?

4. If the answer to (2) above is no, when can the people of Cox Peninsula expect such a commitment?

ANSWER

1. It is assumed the question was intended to refer to ‘reticulated’ town water and not ‘articulated’ town water.

Belyuen currently has a reticulated water supply.

The water supply for the Wagait Beach and adjacent communities is a single point supply and not a reticulated supply. At this time the priority is to develop a more reliable, secure, higher quality water source for this supply. There are currently no plans for development of a reticulated water supply for Wagait Beach which is estimated to cost in the order of $3.5m.

2. Power and Water commissioned engineering consultant, Gutteridge, Haskins and Davey Pty Ltd (GHD Pty Ltd) to examine the possibility of a supply drawn from the Darwin Water Supply via a submarine pipeline across the mouth of Darwin Harbour.

The report was completed in February 2002 and a copy was provided to the Cox Peninsula Community Government Council. The report suggested a submarine pipe would cost in the order of $3.8m to provide a reliable, secure supply for current demands at Wagait.

Given the high cost of this alternative, Power and Water initiated, and funded, a groundwater investigation program which was successful in identifying a groundwater resource approximately 12km west of Wagait Beach. It is estimated that this can be developed at less than half the cost of a submarine pipe.

3. The Belyuen Community has a reliable, secure and safe reticulated water supply.

The highest priority for the water supply for the Wagait Beach community is to source an alternative reliable, secure and safe water supply. Water supply from Imulak Springs is not reliable as the spring ceases to flow during the dry season. This has resulted in Power and Water carting water from Darwin River Dam during the last three dry seasons. In addition the security and safety of this surface water is lower than that from a protected groundwater source.

Production bores have been constructed and tested and Power and Water has formally requested an Extraction Licence for the use of these bores to supply higher quality groundwater to the Wagait community.

26 November 2002

20. PowerWater Statement of Corporate Intent

Mr DUNHAM to MINISTER for ESSENTIAL SERVICES

The Treasurer has said that the recently tabled PowerWater Statement of Corporate Intent provides ‘a comprehensive consideration of … the key risks faced by the corporation’. Given that the Statement of Corporate Intent does no such thing, could the minister detail the risk exposure to PowerWater by category?

ANSWER

The Corporation uses the Ernst and Young risk management rating tool that categorises risks according to business continuity, environment, financial and occupational health and safety. Each of the risks are then assessed using the following criteria: Consequence: Insignificant, Minor, Moderate, Major and Catastrophic and Likelihood: Almost certain, likely, possible, unlikely and rare.
The Corporation has developed: a risk management policy; definition of the board’s risk tolerance; risk evaluation framework; definition and classification of risks; definition of ‘key risks’ to the business; shared understanding of the risks that matter and ‘risk map’; key risk register (reviewed by senior staff and approved by the Board); and key risk reporting format and review process for corporate risks as key components of its enterprise risk management system.

There are currently 50 items on the Corporation’s Corporate Risk Register that are regularly monitored by the board. It would be inappropriate to detail these risks as they are considered commercial-in-confidence.

32. Police 16 Hour Shifts

Mr MALEY to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY SERVICES

1. How many ‘back to back’ 16 hour shifts were worked in the year 2001 by police officers?

2. How many times were more than two 16 hour shifts per week worked by any individual officer for the year ended 20 November 2002?

3. How much has been paid ($) in total for ordinary hours for the entire Northern Territory Police Force for the year ended 20 November 2002?

4. How much has been paid ($) in total for overtime hours for the entire Northern Territory Police Force for the year ended 20 November 2002?

ANSWER

1. A total of 2299 ‘back to back’ 16 hour shifts were worked by police officers in 2001.

1952 of these shifts were worked in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine.
With the exception of special or urgent cases, police officers are not rostered to work a 16 hour ‘double’ shift. Police officers are given the opportunity to volunteer for a ‘double’ shift.
The most common reason for working a 16 hour ‘double’ shift is to cover for another police officer who has booked off sick.

2. For the year ended 20 November 2002 there were 25 individual occasions where police officers worked more than 2 x 16 hours shifts in one week.

3. Total personnel costs for police officers for the year ended 30 November 2002 are $63 672 275.65.

4. Total overtime expenditure for the year ended 30 November 2002 was $4 111 286.59.

While the total expenditure figures are readily available through the usual Northern Territory Police accounting systems, there are no information systems in place to easily collate the data on ‘back to back’ shifts. The figures provided in this brief were obtained by manually checking police attendance registers and day journals at all stations throughout the Territory. These figures will be reasonably accurate but the methodology used to collate this data is likely to have missed some work areas. Specialist units such as CIB, Drug Squad and the TRG were not included because shifts of this nature are rare within these units. However, it is not appropriate to use any further significant amounts of scarce operational police time and resources to attempt to gather any further information.

25 November 2003

68. Horticulture section, Alice Springs Correctional Centre

Ms CARNEY to MINISTER for JUSTICE and ATTORNEY-GENERAL

In regard to the Alice Springs Correctional Centre:

1. Has the horticulture section that operates in the management zone and predominantly worked on by Aboriginal prisoners been shut down?

2. If the horticulture section has been closed, when was it closed and why?

3. If the horticulture section has been closed down, can you confirm whether the Horticulture Officer assigned to, or working in the section, has been reassigned to other duties?

4. If the horticulture section was not closed, is it still fully operational?

ANSWER

1. Yes. The horticulture program at ASCC has in the past operated an extensive ‘Out of Prison’ program at the Low Security Cottages and has periodically operated a reduced scale program in the prison which is no longer operating.

2. The program inside the ASCC closed on 5 June 2003. Through a review of the ASCC physical resource allocation during the 2002-03 financial year, it was determined that the horticulture program inside the secure perimeter of ASCC was to be reduced and that an increased emphasis was to be placed on the external Horticultural Program.

The Horticulture Program outside the main perimeter of ASCC continues to provide credible work programs for prisoners on a daily basis. This program is intended to provide accredited horticulture qualifications to prisoners and will be delivered in-house by a qualified Officer/Instructor. The Centralian College Horticulture Program was discontinued 18 months ago when available low security prisoner numbers fell below eight. It is intended to recommence the program as soon as a sufficient number of low security prisoners have expressed an interest in participating in the program.

3. The prison officer allocated to supervising the inside horticulture program during its operation, did not possess accredited horticulture qualifications. This resource will be redirected into providing a full time Sport and Recreation Officer at the Prison Officer level for all prisoners.

4. Not applicable.

110. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities - Yulara

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Yulara community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Yulara is:
Program$000
Lasseter Highway/Yulara Drive
– Upgrade Intersection 300
Yulara Fire Station Pump Test &
Pump operator training pit 25
Yulara Police Station Minor Works 5

Total 330


111. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities – Ntaria (Hermannsburg)

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Ntaria (Hermannsburg) community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Ntaria (Hermannsburg) is:
Program
$000

Two IHANT houses 400
Electrify existing bores 400
Extend sewerage pond capacity 260
Provide engine and upgrade HV 590
Garden Sheds for three houses 10
Three bay carport at police complex 6
Police Complex fence and cladding 39
Police Complex storage area roof 4
Complete GEH replacement program 10
GEH upgrades 103

Total 2402

112. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities - Imanpa

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Imanpa community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program and Cash for the Imanpa community is:

Program

IES Minor New Works $12 000

113. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities - Papunya

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Papunya community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Papunya is:

Program$000

Papunya School Upgrade 1000
Four IHANT Houses 780
Upgrade sewerage treatment
Facilities 200
Drill and equip bore 250
One GEH 3 bedroom house 225
IES Minor New Works 140
Aerodrome runway improvements 140
Security screens at 3 houses 22
Garden sheds at 3 houses 1

Total 2758

114. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities – Mt Liebig

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Mt Liebig community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Mt Liebig is:
Program
$000

One HBS 3 bedroom plus bedsit 276
Aerodrome runway improvements 140
Transportable Classroom 146
IES Minor New Works 115

Total 677

115. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities - Kintore

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Kintore community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Kintore is:
Program
$000

Construct Police Station 1395
Regrade airstrip 900
Two GEH 3 bedroom houses 540
Two IHANT houses 360
One GEH 3 bedroom house 262
IES Minor New Works 170

Total 3627

116. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities – Docker River

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Docker River community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Docker River is:
Program
$000

Tjukaruru Road – selected
upgrading 1000
Aerodrome runway improvements 139
IES Minor New Works 97

Total 1236

117. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities - Mutitjulu

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Mutitjulu community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Mutitjulu is:
Program
$000

Various building works at
the School 150

Total 150

118. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities – Aputula (Finke)

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Aputula (Finke) community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Aputula (Finke) is:
Program
$000

Two IHANT houses 450
Selected gravelling on Finke Road 500
IES Minor New Works 85

Total 1035

119. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities - Titjakala

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Titjakala community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Titjikala is:
Program
$000
Two IHANT houses (revote
program) 360

120. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities – Santa Teresa

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Santa Teresa community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Santa Teresa is:
Program
$000

Four IHANT houses 800
Construct borefield collection tank 330
Modify and upgrades cells at
Police Station 200
Santa Teresa turn off - upgrade 72

Total 1402

121. Capital Works Budgets 2003-04 in Aboriginal Communities – Harts Range

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

What is the Capital Works budget of the financial year 2003-04 and what items are the monies to be spent on in the Harts Range community?

ANSWER

Allocation of Program for Harts Range is:
Program
$000

IES Minor New Works 125
Installation of aircon in one house 5

Total 130

123. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 - Yulara

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Yulara?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Yulara Community under Local Government Bodies Grant is Nil.

Yulara is not eligible to apply for Local Government Bodies Grant funding within the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grant Funding Program as there is not a local governing body representing the town.

Local community sporting organisations may be eligible to apply for funding under the Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

124. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Ntaria (Hermannsburg)

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Ntaria (Hermannsburg)?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Ntaria Council (Hermannsburg) Incorporated (Hermannsburg Community) under Local Government Bodies Grant Developing Your Community is $25 000.

The outcome statement for Ntaria approved by the Minister is, ‘Effective leadership and coordination of sport and recreation programs and provision of expected services’.

The community makes the decision about how best to achieve this outcome, in this instance the outcomes are being achieved through the: ‘employment of a suitable person(s) to coordinate the provision of appropriate sport and recreation opportunities within the local community in line with Office of Sport and Recreation and Council objectives’.
Local Government Councils can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

125. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 - Imanpa

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Imanpa?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Imanpa Community Incorporated (Imanpa Community) under Local Government Bodies Grant is Nil.

Imanpa Community did apply for a grant but the application was unsuccessful as it did not fully address the criteria.

Local Government bodies can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

126. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 - Papunya

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Papunya?

ANSWER

The Papunya Community Council Incorporated (Papunya Community) did not apply for a grant under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Local Governing Bodies Grants Program in 2003-04 financial year.

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Papunya Community Council Incorporated under Grass Roots Development Grant is $800.

Grass Roots funding is made available twice in each financial year. Organisations can only receive one Grass Roots Grant per financial year. Therefore, the Papunya Community will be eligible to apply for further Grass Roots funding in the 2004-05 financial year. Applications for that year close on 31 August 2004.

127. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Mt Liebig

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Mt Liebig?

ANSWER

The Watiyawanu Community Government Council (Mt Leibig Community) did not apply for a grant under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Local Governing Bodies Grants Program in 2003-04 financial year.

Local Government Councils can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

128. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Docker River

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Docker River?

ANSWER

The Walungurru Council Aboriginal Corporation (Kintore Community) did not apply for a grant under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Local Governing Bodies Grants Program in 2003-04 financial year.

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Walungurru Council Aboriginal Corporation under Grass Roots Development Grant is $3000.

Grass Roots funding is made available twice in each financial year. Organisations can only receive one Grass Roots Grant per financial year. Therefore, the Kintore community will be eligible to apply for further Grass Roots funding in the 2004-05 financial year. Applications for that year close on 31 August 2004.

129. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 - Kintore

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Kintore?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Kaltukatjara Community Council Aboriginal Corporation (Docker River Community) under Local Government Bodies Grant Developing Your Community is $25 000.

The outcome statement for Docker River approved by the Minister is, ‘Organised activities for the young unemployed people on this remote community with further development of sustainable youth programs and more involvement from local people. Local Anangu people will be trained to assist with many of the activities’.

The community makes the decision about how best to achieve this outcome, in this instance the outcomes are being achieved through the: ‘employment of a suitable person(s) to coordinate the provision of appropriate sport and recreation opportunities within the local community in line with Office of Sport and Recreation and Council objectives’.

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Docker River under the Grass Roots Development Grant is $1300.

Grass Roots funding is made available twice in each financial year. Organisations can only receive one Grass Roots Grant per financial year. Therefore, Docker River will be eligible to apply for further Grass Roots funding in the 2004-05 financial year. Applications for that year close on 31 August 2004.

130. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Mutitjulu

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Mutitjulu?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Mutitjulu Community Incorporated (Mutitjulu Community) under Local Government Bodies Grant Developing Your Community is $12 000.

The outcome statement for Mutitjulu approved by the Minister is, ‘Retention of the services of current youth and recreation officer and continued professional growth through training and working in a collaborative manner for the betterment of the community. Continued training and motivation for the youth and recreation crew’.

The community makes the decision about how best to achieve this outcome, in this instance the outcomes are being achieved through the: ‘employment of a suitable person(s) to coordinate the provision of appropriate sport and recreation opportunities within the local community in line with Office of Sport and Recreation and Council objectives’. The current Office of Sport and Recreation Officer’s position is part-time.

Local Government Councils can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

131. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Aputula (Finke)

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Aputula (Finke)?

ANSWER

The Apatula Community Government Council (Aputula (Finke) Community) did not apply for a grant under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Local Governing Bodies Grants Program in 2003-04 financial year.

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Aputula Housing Association Incorporated under Grass Roots Development Grant is $3000.

Grass Roots funding is made available twice in each financial year. Organisations can only receive one Grass Roots Grant per financial year. Therefore, Aputula community will be eligible to apply for further Grass Roots funding in the 2004-05 financial year. Applications for that year close on 31 August 2004.

132. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 - Titjakala

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Titjakala?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Tapatjatjaka Community Government Council (Titjikala Community) under Local Government Bodies Grant Developing Your Community is $25 000.

The outcome statement for Tapatjatjaka approved by the Minister, ‘Development of appropriate programs and projects providing opportunities for community members’ involvement in educational and sport and recreational activities’.

The community makes the decision about how best to achieve this outcome, in this instance the outcomes are being achieved through the: ‘employment of a suitable person(s) to coordinate the provision of appropriate sport and recreation opportunities within the local community in line with Office of Sport and Recreation and Council objectives’.

Local Government Councils can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

133. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Santa Teresa

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Santa Teresa?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Ltyente Apurte Community Government Council (Santa Teresa Community) under Local Government Bodies Grant Developing Your Community is $25 000.

The outcome statement approved by the Minister for Santa Teresa is, ‘Development of a local understudy to assist the Sport and Recreation Officer to organise structured competitions, assist with after school activities, organise holiday programs for the youth of the community and utilise the community’s infrastructure’.

The community makes the decision about how best to achieve this outcome, in this instance the outcomes are being achieved through the: ‘employment of a suitable person(s) to coordinate the provision of appropriate sport and recreation opportunities within the local community in line with Office of Sport and Recreation and Council objectives’. The understudy referred to above is employed using CDEP funds. Office of Sport and Recreation funds fund the Sport and Recreation Officer’s position who manages the understudy.

Local Government Councils can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.

134. Sports Development expenditure 2003-04 – Harts Range

Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for SPORT

How much is being spent in financial year 2003-04 for sports development by way of Sports Grants and Wages in Harts Range?

ANSWER

Sport and Recreation funding for financial year 2003-04 for Arltarlpilta Community Government Council (Atitjere Community, Harts Range) under Local Government Bodies Grant Developing Your Community is $14 000.

The outcome approved for Harts Range is, ‘Provision of after school activities, holiday activities and structured community competitions and a community sports carnival’. The community makes the decision about how best to achieve this outcome, in this instance the outcomes are being achieved through the: ‘employment of a suitable person(s) to coordinate the provision of appropriate sport and recreation opportunities within the local community in line with Office of Sport and Recreation and Council objectives’.

Local Government Councils can also apply for funding under the Office of Sport and Recreation’s Grass Roots Development Grants Program, which has two funding rounds. The first round closed 30 January 2004, the second round of funding closes 31 August 2004.
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