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article imageNorthern Territory of Australia: Strategy for 2030 Released

By Melodie Murphy     Apr 27, 2009 in Politics
Yesterday Chief Minister Paul Henderson released the Northern Territory 2030 Draft Strategy, a vision for the future of the Northern Territory of Australia.
At a launch briefing for the community sector held yesterday at the Medina Vibe in Darwin, the Steering committee for the Draft Territory Strategy revealed their findings to date and invited the community to participate in the development of a strategy plan for the future of the Northern Territory.
With education as its centrepiece, the report suggests real potential for the Northern Territory to deliver excellent education to world-class standards, utilising the proximity to Asia and Australia’s reputation for quality education.
The Draft Strategy also outlines the critical issues facing the Northern Territory over the next 20 years, some of the most critical being the effects of lifestyle and rising temperatures on health.
The report found that if health and lifestyle issues are not effectively addressed by 2030 the Northern Territory will require 5 times the hospital beds currently available and that the current health budget will increase to unreasonable levels: “Unless urgent action is started now, the Territory will not be able to afford the cost of the future health budget. Even if we make changes now and redirect the focus from acute care to prevention and early intervention, it will take a number of years for the health budget to reduce."
The draft strategy aims to address the issues highlighted by community consultation throughout the Northern Territory. Consultations and forums will continue for the next 3 months with the final report due to be delivered to Government by July 2009.
Copies of the report are available at: territory2030.nt.gov.au
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