PM promises big funding to secure NT
Central Australia and the Top End have been promised millions worth of investments to tackle crime and create jobs as part of the coalition’s bid for marginal seats in the Northern Territory.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $14 million campaign pledge for Alice Springs on Sunday to support a community response to reduce crime rates.
This is in addition to a $300 million package for a new hydrogen hub and several carbon capture storage sites in Darwin.
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In Alice Springs, assaults are up nearly 6% over the past 12 months, burglaries are up over 46%, and commercial burglaries are up over 60%.
The funding will improve CCTV, fund local diversion activities, support more community patrols and a new health center to improve access to mental health services.
Alice Springs City Council will receive $2 million as part of its plan to regenerate the center and invest in a new youth-focused area for the public library.
Regarding the commitment to enhance the territory’s potential as an energy powerhouse, Mr Morrison said the projects would generate an estimated total investment of $1.9 billion and create more than 3,800 jobs.
He also promised to increase regional apprenticeships with an additional 5% wage subsidy in the first year, if the coalition is elected.
This will be in addition to the 10% support provided through the Australian Learning Incentive Scheme.
The Liberal-National coalition hopes to win the Labor seats of Solomon and Lingiari in May.
Both sides landed in Alice Springs to make their mark before heading to Darwin ahead of Anzac Day commemorations.