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Thoughts on government spending and the budget ahead

1 May 2018

We are already into May and the year seems to have gone very quickly so far. We have working hard on contacting local business throughout the Territory in relation to the NT Seniors Card Directory.  This Friday is the cut-off date for business to have their listing included in the printed directory. If you know of a business that isn’t listed or may like to be listed – get them to call us on 8941 1004.  The NT Seniors Card Business Directory will be launched at COTA NT’s Seniors Expo on the 1st June. Come along to the Expo (which is free to enter) and pick up your copy. The program for EXPO will be announced shortly, but it promises to be a very full day with over 60 stalls to visit, nine performances to enjoy and eight free ‘have a go’ classes to join in.

It is also good news that the Northern Territory Government has cancelled their plans to build the Myilly Point Museum.  COTA, along with other numerous peak bodies lobbied for this to be stopped, as there are definitely more urgent needs for $50 million to be spent.

Other good news is that the NT Government will not be bringing a land tax.  This tax would have played havoc with home owners, business owners and private landlords.  However, maybe foreign investors in residential properties should pay a land tax as is done in the ACT.  Maybe this could be considered in the Territory?

COTA NT attended the Budget Lockdown last week and we are reviewing how the budget affects seniors.  Hopefully enough consideration has been given to areas that attract and retain our population base in areas that are crucial such as housing, education, safety and health.  When Territorians can be assured and are confident that their concerns are being met from the cradle to the grave, then we will retain and increase our population.

~ Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT

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