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Old April 21st, 2009, 08:12 PM   #41
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Free buses floated to get cars off streets

April 21st, 2009
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PUBLIC transport could be free for all Territorians under a plan being considered by the NT Government.

Transport Minister Gerry McCarthy said he would consider calls for the Government to make public transport free.

The announcement came as a new bus service for Cullen Bay and Bayview was launched.

The new bus routes 14 and 14A will connect the city with Cullen Bay, Bayview, Tipperary Waters and Waterfront precinct.

The new route will link with the ferry service to the Cox Peninsula, allowing commuters easier access to the city.

Mr McCarthy said the Territory Government already provided free public transport to school children, seniors and carers.

And he would consider extending this to all Territorians.

"I'm really interested in the environmental benefits," he said.

"I think we can do a lot with the green initiatives, which is why I'm so passionate about public transport - getting people to use public transport as opposed to driving their own cars, like we're seeing around the world."

Mr McCarthy said Darwin bus routes and timetables would be modelled on an "orbital network".

"You've got a central core, that will be our beautiful city, and feeder services coming in," he said.

"You've got a service that operates within the city centre."

But Mr McCarthy said the Territory was not big enough to handle a light-rail network.

" I believe public buses, in combination with our private bus companies, are the way to go in the Northern Territory," he said.

"Light rail networks operate on a much larger scale."

The NSW Government is also considering a $1 billion plan to make public transport free.

I think this would be more successful in Darwin, compared to the major cities. Though public transport in Darwin is dirt cheap! - 50c for concession/student and $2.00 for adults. Also I agree with the Transport Minister on light-rail, Darwin is too small for it. Though I can eventually see it being built in the future.

BTW hope the NT Government overhaul the timetable system, by far the worst timetable system in Australia.
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They should also rid the buses of the violent, dirty, filthy, smelly (putrid) and obnoxious drunks. Then ordinary people might take an interest in bus travel.
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They should also rid the buses of the violent, dirty, filthy, smelly (putrid) and obnoxious drunks. Then ordinary people might take an interest in bus travel.
but, to use your own vernacular, the southern white intelligentsia would scream racism.

bet none of them have ever had to share a bus with them tho. i tried holding my breath one day from the city to Cas Square, nearly killed me. I was surrounded.
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?? Not racism. I did not say it was any particular race. Mind you, science tells us there is no such thing as race and that we are all related to a tribe from the Ethiopian part of Africa.

But "Smellovision" is one technology that I would not begrudge southern TV audiences. As long as they fix the very poor digital service (joke) that people in the NT get.

The intelligentsia class is alive and well in the NT. They rule over everyone as they know what's best for all. They are usually people mid to high-up in the public service; that have never had to earn a real dollar in the real world but take delight in frustrating the lives of, say, developers who actually generate lots of wealth for the community (and themselves - but they take the financial risks).

The pit boss of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra is noted for stopping a 4 storey apartment development near his home and getting the pinko government to impose a 3 storey height limit (where the legal limit was 4 storeys on the developer's property). The pit boss' actions set a precedent for the NTG not having to pay compensation despite reducing the value of private property. This precedent is a time bomb for CBD property owners who recently suffered a huge loss of property value at the hands of the planning minister.

This is all despite the NT Planning Act and the NT Self Government Act stating specifically that compensation is payable.

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4 million travellers a year to use airport by 2029
July 27th, 2009

DARWIN International Airport is predicting four million passengers a year will pass through its gates in two decades' time.

And the number of aircraft flights per year are forecast to reach 130,000 in the year 2029.

Airport management has released its draft 20-year master plan for public comment.

Also available is the accompanying environment strategy for the airport's development.

"Projected growth in both aviation traffic and commercial development will result in an increase in daily airport trips from around 15,000 currently to some 48,000 in 2029," the draft plan says.

The master plan includes a vision for a new traffic light intersection from McMillans Rd to join the new commercial development along Osgood Drive.

Attention will need to be given to managing the increase in noise levels likely to be caused by more flights, the master plan says.

The document says the airport has revenues of $541 million.

The airport has put its $60 million redevelopment and terminal expansion on hold, after an application for federal funding for half of the cost was knocked back.

Currently over 1.9 million people use Darwin Airport annually and growing fast.

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There is like no News thread for Darwin and as this thread has not been used for ages and the article I am about to post has to do with the ECONOMY and SHIPPING it may as well go into here.


SOURCE: NT NEWS via google image

This is also a good bonus for the city people...

Largest cruise ship to visit Australia docks in Darwin

28 February 2017

The biggest cruise ship to visit Australia, the Ovation of the Seas, arrived in Darwin today delivering a bumper trade for local retailers and tourism businesses.

The $1 billion state-of-the-art ship and its 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew were welcomed at a special ceremony this morning that saw the NT flag fly over the ship via a sky jumper.

“It was a great thrill to welcome the Ovation of the Seas to Darwin today and put on a classic Northern Territory show for her passengers,” said Department of Tourism and Culture CEO, Alastair Shields.

“Having the Ovation in Darwin is like having around 10 A380 aeroplanes here at once, which is huge for our tourism industry. Based on passenger spend alone, we’re expecting the visit to inject $650,000 into the local economy.

“The ship itself is remarkable, boasting the world’s first Bionic Bar, where robots prepare and deliver drinks, a glass observation viewing capsule that can hover 90 metres above sea level as well as surfing experiences and indoor sky diving.

“I’ve no doubt passengers will enjoy their Northern Territory stop over and our unique tourism attractions and experiences as well as our spectacular wildlife and scenery.”

In addition to the giant NT flag flyover, other highlights of today’s welcome activities included the traditional water canon salute, live musical performances by local artists at the Wharf, the Darwin Waterfront and Smith Street Mall, reptiles and baby crocodiles in Darwin City’s Smith Street Mall and pop-up arts and craft stalls at the nearby Civic Park.

With Darwin the last stop on the ship’s maiden season in Australia, the Ovation’s passengers will also be treated to a Territory-style “Farewell Flotilla” with locals hitting the water in their fishing boats and tinnies to wave goodbye to the massive ship as it sets sail for Malaysia at 5pm today.

Mr Shields said visits by large cruise ships like the Ovation of the Seas were crucial to the Northern Territory’s economy.

“The Northern Territory Government is working hard to position Darwin as an attractive cruise ship destination to ensure the sector, which generates $30 million to the NT economy each year, continues to grow,” he said.

“Cruise ship visits provide an influx of tourists into our region during the off-peak and shoulder seasons with passengers and crew undertaking tours, visiting local attractions and shopping at local retail outlets, cafes and restaurants.

“This year we’re anticipating 46 cruise ship visits to Darwin, one more than last year, bringing an estimated 67,000 passengers to the Top End. The cruise industry is a key part of our plan to build a $2.2 billion visitor economy in the Northern Territory by 2020.”

SOURCE: https://dtc.nt.gov.au/news/largest-c...ocks-in-darwin

It is not the first time a large ship of similar size has docked in Darwin. They get them every so often, every year.

Here is another one that came in 2014


I moved this from the other thread, as it is more suited in here.

This might help with new resi projects in the NT as it will create over 6,000 new jobs???
Or at least fill the existing oversupply?!?


The Amungee well drill site in the Beetaloo Basin. Origin Energy has found a gas field at Beetaloo that could be five times the size of the Inpex Browse Basin. Picture: SUPPLIED

Massive NT onshore gas find

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A GAS field potentially five times the size of Inpex’s Browse Basin — which could create 6300 jobs — has been identified in the Territory.

The results, revealed by Origin Energy, mean potential royalties from onshore gas could clear the $875 million NT deficit and underpin the economy for multiple decades.

But the Beetaloo Basin, which is about 500km southeast of Darwin, cannot be developed due to the Gunner Government’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Wednesday the moratorium would stay until the inquiry into hydraulic fracturing is complete.

“We have imposed a moratorium on fracking until an independent, expert panel led by Justice Rachel Pepper completes its investigation,” he said. “After we receive the panel’s findings we will either ban fracking completely or allow it in highly-regulated, tightly prescribed areas.”

Origin integrated gas chief executive officer David Baldwin said the company had submitted its findings from drilling and seismic results across more than 10,000 sq km and production data from the Amungee drill site to the Territory Government. Origin started its testing before the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing was put in place.

The Amungee well was tested at 2.1km depth with 11 horizontal fracture stimulation stages across a 600m area. Over a 57-day period it returned an average of 1.1 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Deloitte Access Economics found onshore shale gas production has the potential to drive significant economic growth in the Territory including a $961 million increase in government revenues and the creation of up to 6300 jobs.

Origin’s report estimates the original gas in place is 61 trillion cubic feet across a 1,698 sq km area with a contingent resource of 6.6Tcf. This towers over the Mereenie gas fields in Central Australia which have produced 240 billion cubic feet of gas since 1984.

Origin’s joint venture partners Falcon Oil and Gas were more robust about the find issuing a statement to the Irish stock exchange indicating the original gas in place was 146Tcf. Inpex’s Ichthys field is estimated to contain more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas. The NT does not gain any gas royalties from the Inpex project because it is offshore.

“The Beetaloo Basin is the Territory’s most prospective onshore basin for unconventional gas and our test results further confirm the region’s outstanding shale gas potential,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Further exploration and appraisal activity will be required to progress our understanding of the play and mature contingent of resources to reserves.”

The Chamber of Commerce NT acting-chief executive Brian O’Gallagher has called on the Gunner Government to get on with making a decision on hydraulic fracturing. “We don’t want this to be a missed opportunity,” he said.

“We’d like to see a sustainable onshore gas industry which along with Defence could underpin the entire Northern Territory economy.”
SOURCE: Herald Sun

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