Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon today welcomed the significant investment made in rural and remote Territorians in the Northern Territory Government’s 2017/18 Budget.
Whilst difficult decisions have been made in the face of a substantial reduction in GST distributions, the Territory Government has ensured that rural and remote Territorians do not bear the brunt of efficiencies.
It is particularly heartening to see $106 million in funding allocated as the first tranche of the $1.1 billion investment over 10 years contained in the Remote Housing Investment Package, which will include $500 million for new dwellings and $200 million for additional living areas on existing dwellings under the Room to Breathe Program.
The investment of $57 million in mental health services and suicide prevention programs, as well as nearly $49 million for alcohol and other drugs services will ensure that more Territorians can live happier, healthier lives.
Significant investments in infrastructure will also ensure that Territorians remain connected socially and economically. These investments include significant funding for upgrades to the Arnhem, Plenty, Tablelands, Sandover and Buntine Highways, as well as the sealing of Tjukaruru Road in Central Australia and upgrades to roads such as the Keep River Plains Road and flood immunity works on the Port Keats Road.
This is a progressive budget for all Territorians and as a Territory federal representative I welcome it.
TUESDAY, 2 MAY 2017