Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 8 The vision guiding this land use plan is a response to Darwins regional geography and history, recognising its vital present and future roles in a national and international context. The vision also captures many community aspirations expressed in submissions and at stakeholder briefings. Key elements of the vision for Darwin in the context of the Governments four strategic goals identified in Framing the Future are outlined below. International and National Centre of Strategic Importance Darwin holds a pivotal position in the Asia-Pacific Region as an international destination close to economic and transport hubs of South-East Asia such as Singapore and Jakarta. As the only major city and port on Australias north coast, Darwin continues to benefit from the development of Northern Australia and the expansion of its role as a major service, tourism and trade centre. The Darwin Region retains a key role in Australias national defence. As the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin has a key role as the centre of administration and governance. Prosperous Regional Economy The Darwin Region continues to evolve as a place that is affordable, prosperous and sustainable, integrating existing and new urban areas to provide for individual character, identity, choice and diversity of lifestyles for residents. The region continues to experience growth in a vibrant, diverse and prosperous regional economy that: creates wealth and jobs as a national and international hub for transport and exports, and a key centre for oil and gas operations, providing maintenance and a workforce is open, competitive and innovative, capturing ideas, energy and opportunities across the Territory attracts new local, national and international investment is built on exports and the needs of our trading partners stimulates continued growth in our capacity and reputation, locally and internationally as a hub for education, health services and tourism acts as a key tourist gateway to natural and cultural destinations including the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park Strong Society and Confident Culture The ongoing land use in, and development of, the Darwin Region facilitates people continuing to enjoy a strong sense of community, while valuing a diverse population and range of cultures, from traditional Larrakia owners to the newest arrivals. The Darwin Region has a constantly evolving society that: values individual right to freedom acknowledges the long history of sustainable management by Indigenous people provides all people with access to opportunities A Darwin Region that is alive and prosperous, led by a thriving global city with high-quality amenity and connectivity. Vision A region with a diverse economy and strong society that promotes innovation and tropical concepts, and holds an enduring connection to the natural environment.
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