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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016

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Parliamentary Record 1


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 65 to 124


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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 90 Motion agreed to. Ms MANISON: Thank you, Madam Speaker and Member for Nightcliff. and provides opportunities for community participation and effective appeals processes. We will deliver a more transparent planned approach to lands and planning process. We have committed to looking at the six principles outlined in Labors restoring trust and integrity to government discussion paper to see how we can improve our planning systems and processes. These principles are: certaintyproviding certainty to the community and developers through strategic planning with the clear criterion to guide decisions and a consistent decision-making framework balanceensuring we get the balance between environmental, social and economic outcomes right transparencyan improved transparent planning system provides meaningful accessible information about planning decision-making, including the basis for decisions reducing complexitya straightforward, clearly defined regulatory structure makes it easier to detect corrupt conduct and reduce the incidence of error meaningful community participation and consultationwe will foster meaningful community participation and planning processes and ensure adequate weight is given to submissions third-party merit appealsimprove the merit appeal to provide a safeguard against biased decision making by consent authorities and enhance the accountability of the authorities. This is a body of work that is happening and that we will continue in this early term of the government to look at how we can make improvements to that system. We will also be looking at a broader-reaching master plan of the Darwin region, which will seek to support urban growth, including the development of Weddell, Berrimah Farm and infill development, and supporting growth of Cox Peninsula. I have to stress that we too, like the Member for Nelson and Madam Speaker, believe the rural area needs to stay rural. It is a very important part of the greater Darwin area. It is a part that people love and appreciate. It is rural for a reason and we want to ensure it stays that way. There will be more bodies of work happening under the planning commission. There are a couple of pieces of work I am really looking forward to seeing progress, including looking at area plans, particularly around the Darwin CBD and Palmerston. I understand they have engaged quite closely with the councils on that and will be speaking more broadly to the community. It is really import to look at that work to support the future development of those key, critical, central business districts and surrounding areas, making sure we get it right. As the Planning minister I have put forward an interim development control order on dual occupancy. It was a decision when I saw the first application come throughin opposition we made it clear we had concerns that the process was rushed towards the end of the last government. We decided we want to review that and have further discussion with the community about dual occupancy across the Northern Territory. That body of work is under way. It is important thatbecause decisions on planning can change the face of this city and the Territoryyou take the time to get it right and have those discussions. I want to see a bit more work done around that, which is why I have asked for that to be in place. There is no doubt that the Planning portfolio has plenty of complexities. There are many opposing views, but it is important that we are measured, we respect due process and we are clear and transparent on decision-making. The body of work we will do on planning, around the six guiding principles, will be important during this term of government. There is a lot of work to do. I am really excited about the team we have in this parliament, not only my colleagues sitting on the government side but also the Independents and opposition. I am really looking forward to a constructive period over the next four years as we work to do a good job in helping people right across the Northern Territory. I can feel there is a lot of goodwill and some passionate people in this Chamber. We will debate ideas and ways of going about things, but this will be a wonderful Thirteenth Assembly of the Northern Territory.

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