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Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts



Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts

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Tabled papers for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT






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Performance Reporting Continuing to meet the demands of a booming economy and community while balancing industry expectations and environmental protection. Identifying and implementing continuous improvement in delivering core functions of environmental assessment and regulation. Managing the increasing national and local focus on climate change and the demand this has placed on the Environment Protection Agency Program. Negotiating with industry, research and community partners to develop and implement priority projects such as re-thinking waste management, developing industry specific guidelines for managing the environmental impacts of activities and monitoring the environment. Future Priorities in 2007-08: Environment Protection Agency Program Working with the new Environment Protection Authority to begin reviews of the Environmental Assessm ent Act and the Waste M anagem ent and Pollution Control Act. Further develop a Water Quality Protection Plan for Darwin Harbour and its catchment by: reviewing the beneficial uses of the region; o developing water quality objectives and a water quality model to predict the impact of nutrient pollution on water quality; and finalising the Draft Stormwater Strategy. Develop industry guidelines for managing the impacts of activities on the environment. Support the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee in reviewing the Darwin Harbour Regional Plan of Management through community consultation and stakeholder liasion. Continue to coordinate climate change policy development and implementation at a national and Territory level, including leading the Northern Territorys involvement in the Garnaut Review of the economic impacts of climate change on Australia, and reviewing the Territorys Strategy for Greenhouse Action 2006. Finalise the 2007-08 EnvironmeNT Grants program including settling funding agreements and project performance reporting requirements. Monitor and report on the water quality of stormwater entering Darwin Harbour and on the quality of water in the Daly River. Working with the Re-thinking Waste Advisory Group to implement the Re-think projects under the Re-thinking Waste Disposal and Resource Efficiency Interim Action Plan, including working with industry to develop waste minimisation plans for the hospitality and building industries, and working with local government to establish better waste management practices in communities. Implement noise guidelines for priority urban noise issues in the Northern Territory. Continue to identify the parameters of an air quality system for the Northern Territory. [ N O S T H E H N T E H R I T O R Y G 6 V E R W M E N T [?>& 1371811' B M f @ IH a ? 00 ( 3 B @ . I [a~B@ n H C T O 1 H f l S ? .. A N N U A L R E P O R T

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