Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians
Tabled paper 1658
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Denis Burke
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Mr Speaker, as Honourable members are aware, much of the appeal of our urban centres, however, lies in what they do not have pollution, overcrowding and traffic jams. Commuters on Darwins busiest roads face only a 30 to 40 minute peak hour. In Alice Springs, peak traffic time is just minutes. Mr Speaker, compare this with Sydneys two-hour peak. Mr Speaker, the 69 % of the Territorys population who live in our urban centres enjoy unique business opportunities, generally full time employment, an inimitable urban environment with high- quality choices of housing and access to a range of quality retail, cultural, recreational and service facilities. The Territory Government is adamant that our urban centres will continue to thrive, while retaining their unique Territory flavour including access to the unsurpassed natural environment. The Territorys towns and cities are places for the people - for all Territorians. This view underpins our belief in full public consultation on planning issues. A lengthy period of public consultation has now led to new planning legislation to establish a Territory-wide Planning Scheme. The new scheme will see the development for each Territory centre of land use objectives; development provisions; and development guidelines. 4.' Pleasant and workable urban environments require vision. Achieving that delicate balance requires vision. Achieving the Vision is a document which enunciates some proposals for the development of the Darwin CBD. The evolution of Darwin as one of the worlds most attractive harbourside cities must continue. Honourable members who have viewed the proposals, can attest to the fact that the objective of the proposal is to ensure ample open space, parklands or green areas and with an emphasis on public access to many areas. Mr Speaker, as part of Foundations for Our Future, a number of initiatives, aimed at ensuring the Territory's urban centres continue