THE TERRITORY NEEDS PEOPLE
The Territory needs a strong level of population growth. We need to attract more people to the Territory and to keep those we already have.
Strong population growth will see greater economic growth, a better share of the GST and more services, retail and commercial options for Territorians. A larger population gives us all more options and more economies of scale.
THE TERRITORY GOVERNMENT’S STRATEGY TO GROW THE POPULATION
1. CREATE MORE JOBS
- People who have jobs are more likely to stay in the Territory. People who get jobs are more likely to come to the Territory. This has been true for many years. To create more jobs Budget 2017:
- Invests in building the Territory - A $1.75 billion infrastructure cash investment that will support and create 14,000 jobs in construction and associated industries.
- Ensures that the money stays local through our Buy Local policy.
- Supports private sector investment by market testing and providing land for tourism and commercial developments in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs, facilitating a Ship Lift Facility, supporting the Sea Farms Prawn Farm project and providing market analysis of establishing retirement villages in Darwin, the Darwin Rural Area and Alice Springs.
- Supports thousands of jobs throughout the Territory through the public service.
- Creates jobs in the bush through our $1.1 billion remote housing plans which gets underway in this Budget.
- Plans for growth in the Territory over the next 10 years through major projects and ongoing infrastructure investment.
2. MARKET THE TERRITORY THROUGH TEAM NT
The Territory Government will develop an overarching brand designed to promote the Territory interstate and overseas as a place to live, work and visit. Led by a re-established Team NT the Territory Government will promote life in the Territory across Australia. This will complement current Government efforts through:
- Migration NT - $1.8 million allocated to attract workers and migrants from interstate and overseas.
- Study NT - $1 million to attract international students to the Territory.
3. PUT DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON THE COST OF LIVING
The Government knows that containing the cost of living is an important to keep people here in the Territory. That’s why wherever possible the Government will place downward pressure on the essential costs that Territorians face. In Budget 2017 the Government is:
A. Supporting Territorians into their Homes:
- First Home Buyers support - no Stamp Duty on the first $500 000 of a first home and a $10 000 renovation and household goods grant.
- First Home Builders support - $26 000.
- $7000 as a Principal Place of Residence Rebate.
- Support Seniors to downsize their home through the Seniors Stamp Duty Discount valued at $10 000.
- Provide social housing and supported accommodation right across the Territory.
B. Supporting the Territory’s Young Families:
- Subsidising Child Care - $6 million each year.
- Provide a back to School Bonus $150 per child per year.
- Support children in sport through the Sports Bonus $200 per child per year.
- Support Isolated families through boarding school subsidies $2.7 million per year.
C. Subsidising Essential Costs and focus on Prices:
- No power price increase in Budget 2017 and ongoing commitment to only increase prices in line with CPI.
- Subsidise the cost of power - $80 million in Budget 2017.
- Subsidise the cost of water and sewerage - $7 million in Budget 2017.
- Enforce the Territory’s Fuel Price Watchdog regime.
D. Supporting Territory Seniors costs:
- Provide concessions for seniors and pensioners $33.9 million per year.
- Facilitate the building of new senior living options.
4. REVITALISE OUR CITIES AND TOWNS
The Territory’s cities and towns are the focus of our population. To keep people in the Territory and to attract more people here we must have vibrant and alive urban areas. Through the Economic Summits Territorians told us the Territory needs to be more liveable. In 2017 the Government is:
- Investing in a vibrant and revitalised Darwin CBD through an investment of $100 million in redeveloping State Square, building a new Museum of the Territory at the Old Hospital site and working to move more university students into the CBD.
- Growing a family focussed Palmerston City by completing the Palmerston Hospital, investing in a new Palmerston Police Station and investing in Palmerston schools.
- Developing a Logistics and Agribusiness Hub in Katherine with planning underway in 2017-18.
- Building Tennant Creek as a Mining and Mining Services Centre with a common user mining processor feasibility study underway.
- Establishing Alice Springs as the nation’s Inland Capital with a $20 million Cities Deal, a plan to liven up the Mall through a new museum display and investment in new sporting facilities.
5. RESEARCHING POPULATION TRENDS
The Government believes policy should be based on evidence and data. That’s why in tackling the Territory’s slow population growth we will be researching the reasons people leave - and what we can do to keep them; what attracts people here and where we need to invest to grow the number of people that call the Territory home. We will share this with the private and NGO sectors to allow them to better attract and keep people.