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Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians



Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians

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Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Denis Burke


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11 The Territory Governments commitment to conservation and protection has guaranteed that. It is critical to ensure that population growth and future developments do not destroy our natural heritage. Our environment must continue to be enjoyed and sustained for our children, our childrens children and their childrens children. As outlined in the Foundation One document the Territory Government will ensure ecologically-sustainable development can take place in the Territory while ensuring our environment and heritage are protected. A number of strategies and initiatives will be implemented to achieve that laudable objective. A Natural Resources Database will be established. Guidelines and information will be made available over the Internet to resource managers, landowners and the wider community. The Government, in consultation with interested parties in the community will develop Regional Natural Resource Management Strategies for specific catchment areas, with the priority areas being the Katherine/Daly Basin, Alice Springs, the Darwin rural area and Darwin Harbour. A consultative group on NT air quality management issues will be established and benchmark air quality studies will be undertaken in Darwin and Alice Springs. The Territory Government will continue the Power and Water Authoritys active research and development of renewable energy in conjunction with the Northern Territory University Centre for Energy Studies. Government will work with industry and the community to continue to improve the management of wastewater and effluent discharges to the environment. The management of contaminated sites, for example, former World War Two sites, will be a priority for the Territory Government and a further blueprint for that management will be developed and implemented.