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Annual Report 2013/2014 Northern Territory Planning Commission



Annual Report 2013/2014 Northern Territory Planning Commission

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PMS 401 PMS Cool Grey 11 PMS 173 Northern Territory Planning Commission | Annual Report 201314 4 Chairmans Foreword During 2013-14, the Commission has made significant inroads in developing strategic plans and planning policies that set the future direction for the Territorys centres and regions. Since the establishment of the Planning Commission in January 2013, we have been driving strategic planning to capitalise on the opportunities associated with developing Northern Australia. We recognise that good planning supports economic development and environmental sustainability, and embraces the opportunities and challenges facing our community. Effective planning ensures the availablity of appropriate land, creates liveable communities that are attractive, and values the protection of our environment and natural assets. An important aspect of the Planning Commissions work is engagement with the community in developing strategic plans and planning policies. We have sought to bring renewed focus for up-front discussion and dialogue so that our plans reflect local knowledge and insights. The Commission is very grateful for the feedback and input from individuals and organisations as the diverse range of perspectives has informed our planning work. I would like to recognise the contributions and commitment shown by the members of the Planning Commission. In addition to their expertise, members are attuned to the aspirations, expectations and practical needs of the community. Their skills and insights ensure that our plans are robust and comprehensive, and instil confidence and certainty for community and industry around future land uses. The Planning Commission has worked closely with the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment in completing projects that are presented in this Annual Report. I express my gratitude and appreciation to John Coleman, Chief Executive, along with Leah Clifford, Executive Director Land Development and Fabio Finnochiaro, Executive Director Land Services, for their exceptional leadership in facilitating our projects. I also thank Mark Meldrum, Director Lands Planning and his team for their professionalism and dedication in supporting the Commission to deliver its work program. I also take the opportunity of thanking the Planning Commission Secretariat staff for managing the Commissions daily operations and harnessing expertise within the department and across Government. In particular, I acknowledge James Teh, Manager and Secretariat staff Jayne Fairnington, Erin Blockey and Louise Taylor for their efforts in building the Planning Commission as an organisation that is influential, proactive and collaborative. I also recognise Kirra Morgan, who was seconded to the Planning Commission from the departments Alice Springs office and demonstrated excellence in coordinating the community consultation on the Old Hospital Site and Myilly Point, which is featured in this Annual Report. I trust that this second Annual Report highlights the key achievements of the Planning Commission in being an effective, independent and forward thinking leader in guiding strategic planning for the Northern Territory. HON. GARY NAIRN Northern Territory Planning Commission Chairman I am pleased to present the Planning Commissions second Annual Report.