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Annual Report 1999/2000 Lands Planning and Environment



Annual Report 1999/2000 Lands Planning and Environment

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Tabled Paper 2209


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A N N U A L R E P O R T 1 9 9 9 - 2 0 0 0 construction o f the Katherine H ot Springs nature walk. Provision o f professional p lann ing services to G o v ern m en t , th e N o r th e r n Territory Planning Authority , d eve lo p m e n t industry an d th e g e n era l com m unity . Engineering and planning advice was provided to Government during the year on major projects including the Central Darwin Planning Scheme Amendments, flood plain issues in Katherine and Alice Springs and flooding issues in the Darw in rural area. E n ha n c ed e n jo y m e n t o f h er i tag e places an d objects by th e public. Under the Urban and Heritage Enhancement program, upgrades and preservation works to heritage sites was undertaken. Two W orld W ar II ammunition bunkers at Bayview Haven w ere upgraded and in terpreted. Restoration w orks w ere carried out and in terpretive signage installed at the Daly Waters aerodrom e accommodation building. Damaged and aged W orld W ar II signage along the Stuart Highway was replaced during the year. P ro g ram E va lua tion In response to the recommendation to im plem ent formal procedures w ith the Southern Region, the Manager o f the Urban and Heritage Enhancement program has a programmed cycle o f southern region visits and com m ittee meetings and has been seconded to be a m ember o f the Alice in 10 com m ittee. The Division has not organised any scenario planning events fo r this year as recommended, but its personnel are regular and im portant attendees and contribu tors at all scenario planning meetings hosted by others. Infrastructure requirements identified in these meetings are included in the forw ard works/capital w orks programs. A thorough review o f existing Key Performance Indicators was completed w ith suitable and m ore measurable indicators developed and implemented. W hilst communications have improved and input from internal and external stakeholders has grown, no particular strategies o r new mechanisms fo r contribution to the planning process fo r land development w ere implemented. C urrent mechanisms were augmented where possible, including regular discussions w ith the Palmerston Council councillors and officers. Most o f the barriers to developing land due to native tit le claims, hearing processes and government priorities are still too poorly defined o r understood to form ulate successful strategies to educate clients on the native title barriers to land development as recommended. 34 D E P A R T M E N T OF L A N D S , P L A N N I N G & E N V I R O N M E N T

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