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Budget 2017: Investing for our Future – Jobs, Children, Community

Treasurer Nicole Manison today delivered the 2017 Northern Territory Budget outlining investment and opportunity for the Territory’s future.

Announcing a $1.75 billion infrastructure works package, $250 million in economic stimulus and a record $297 million for repairs and maintenance to create jobs right across the Territory.

“Budget 2017 invest for the future of the Territory and is focused on delivering and supporting more jobs, improving lives for our children and building better communities,” Ms Manison said.

“This Budget is one of the most challenging in the Territory’s history.  A $2 billion GST cut by the Federal Government over the next four years will have a deep impact on the Territory’s fiscal position and we are faced with a slowing economy.”

“As a result, the fiscal deficit is expected to be $1.3 billion in 2017-18. Importantly, if not for the GST cuts, the measures included in this Budget show that we would have been on track to deliver a surplus in 2019-20.

“The Territory needs investment right now, and it needs vision.  Budget 2017 delivers both.”

“The projects and investment announced as part of Budget 2017 will deliver results immediately and into the future, supporting more jobs, better services and attracting more private investment.”

 Ms Manison said key highlights of Budget 2017 are:

·         A record $1.75 billion job-creating infrastructure spend including:

o   $250 million stimulus over two years

o   A record $297 million for repairs and maintenance

o   $733 million investment in Territory roads and transport assets to connect and unlock economic development

o   Funding to attract private investment in major Territory projects

·         Investing in healthy, strong and safe communities

o   $1.57 billion for improved health and hospital services

o   $876 million for police and emergency services to strengthen law and order

o   $233 million for services to support children and families

o   $17.2 million to bring back the Banned Drinker Register

·         Putting Children first, investing in schools and early childhood programs that work

o   $999.3 million to provide the best possible education for our kids

o   $11.1 million to expand the Families as First Teachers program

o   $7.1 million to continue the Back to School payment scheme

o   $1 million in 2017-18, increasing to $5 million in 2019-20 to expand the Nurse-Family partnership

·         An unprecedented investment in our regions and in the Bush

o   A record $733 million investment in roads and transport assets  including barge landings and  aerodromes

o   $106 million to improve remote housing as part of our $1.1 billion investment over 10 years

o   $25.9 million to local councils throughout the Territory

o   $10 million investment in Nitmiluk National Park over four years

·         Enhancing the Territory lifestyle, attracting tourists and investment

o   $100 million to begin revitalising Darwin’s CBD commencing with State Square

o   $20 million for Alice Springs CBD

o   $50 million to upgrade recreational fishing infrastructure

o   $43 million for tourism marketing, promotion and events

o   $13.1 million to support NT Major Events Company to deliver and attract events to the Territory

o   $10 million to commence the luxury hotel development

o   $500 000 to investigate a Darwin-based water park

·         Fully funded election commitments to restore trust and integrity to Government

o   $3 million ongoing to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption

o   $27 million for the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, which is jointly funded with the Commonwealth Government

“There is a bright future for the Northern Territory and our current challenge is making sure we support jobs and keep people here while we unlock more private investment and further grow our economy.”

“We have listened and taken decisive action in Budget 2017 to support people across the Territory and that is why we are investing for our future, in jobs, children and our community.”

More information can be found at: 

Budget fact sheets are also attached.

Media Contact:  Lesley Major – 0419 288 284

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