Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 26 specific requirements of such industry as opposed to the range of activities associated with established port facilities within the harbour. Glyde Point provides the necessary isolation to minimise the impacts of strategic industrial development on established urban areas. The proposed urban area at Murrumujuk will provide opportunities for employees to live locally and the long identified transport and infrastructure corridors will provide access to the broader region. Land on Middle Arm Peninsula in Darwin Harbour, opposite Channel Island, was identified in previous regional land use plans as an area with potential for a deep water port and associated strategic industry development including meeting the needs of special industries and Defence needs, although land suitable for industrial development is less plentiful than at Glyde Point. Identification in this plan of land for long term strategic industrial development is predicated on: ongoing staged construction of deep water port infrastructure at East Arm in Darwin Harbour continued operation of the existing privately owned single-user deep water port facilities at Wickham Point in Darwin Harbour completion of the privately owned single-user deep water port facilities at Bladin Point, opposite and upstream of the East Arm Wharf in Darwin Harbour construction of further privately owned deep water port facilities at Elrundie Peninsula, upstream of the East Arm Wharf in Darwin Harbour construction in stages of a new deep water multi-user port at Glyde Point in conjunction with the development of an adjacent major industry estate further consideration of the potential for future deep water port facilities at Channel Island in the Middle Arm of Darwin Harbour, and on the opposite side of Middle Arm possible long term consideration (with traditional owners) of the potential for future deep water port facilities at Port Patterson/Point Margaret on the Cox Peninsula, in conjunction with the future development of a major industry estate. Primary Industry Key Primary Industry Objectives Protect land resources of potential importance to future economic development and self-sufficiency in the region by: identifying and protecting areas with potential for horticulture and agriculture identifying areas with potential for extracting construction material while considering limitations that future land uses may impose on access to these resources. Horticulture and Agriculture Horticultural and agricultural development in the Darwin Region, particularly mangoes, Asian vegetables and other fruits and vegetables, are important contributors to the Territory economy. Increasing sophistication of these industries, combined with new land precincts, improved transport infrastructure and expanded domestic and off-shore markets, will create greater opportunities for further development of existing and new niche products. The land areas that have the greatest potential for horticulture or agriculture are identified in the plan. Proposed alternative use of this land should therefore be considered in the context of the lost opportunity to: increase regional and Territory self-sufficiency in primary produce, with associated reduction in transport costs expand and diversify the economies of the region, territory and nation. Construction Materials This land use plan recognises that the extraction of soils, gravels and rock materials required in construction and building is an essential activity. It is also recognised as potentially incompatible with existing and future land uses, and inherently associated with environmental degradation hazards. The potential impacts on the environment and the prospects for subsequent development and use of mined land must be carefully balanced with the need to extract and deliver construction materials. Conflicts can be avoided by locating extractive activities in areas close to but separated from proposed development, or in areas where there is potential for the extractive activities to be beneficial to subsequent land use, by reducing costs and environmental impacts. There are opportunities under mining legislation to impose reservations from mining activities to limit potential detrimental impacts of extractive mining on other activities. However, the ongoing challenge is to establish and maintain appropriate balances between the interests of other land uses and operational management to mitigate potential incompatibilities. Stockpiling, treatment (e.g. sand washing) and distribution of extractive materials also have potential for incompatibility with existing and future land uses. Convenient locations for these activities, close to existing or proposed arterial roads, are important. However, equally important is locating stockpiling and treatment sites an appropriate distance from incompatible land uses and managing operations to contain unacceptable impacts within the sites.
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