Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 28 Community Facilities and Services Key Community Facilities Objectives Maintain a high standard of community service provision through: appropriate provision and management of regional recreation facilities to encourage involvement of residents in sport, and to provide for healthy living and premier sporting activities encouraging the co-location of recreation facilities with other community uses particularly schools to maximise potential for multi-use recognising the role of parks and reserves in meeting the recreation needs of the community appropriate provision of land for schools, child care centres, aged care and facilities for seniors and other community facilities via detailed plans for future urban and peri-urban areas, and in association with infill development and urban and rural activity centres The provision of a range of facilities and services to meet the needs of local communities assist in the creation of local character and identity that contribute to the creation of strong and healthy communities. Active Recreation Facilities to cater for the sports and active recreation needs of the community range from premier regional sporting facilities for regional peak bodies and high profile international and national sporting events, to local facilities to meet local needs. Regional Parks and reserves in the Darwin Region offering significant recreational opportunities for residents and visitors can be divided into a number of broad categories, each providing differing experiences: reserves within or adjacent to urban areas that provide recreational resources for residents and are within easy reach of visitors, such as Casuarina Coastal Reserve that attracts around 700 000 visitors annually parks and reserves providing outstanding wildlife experiences for interstate and international visitors, such as Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and Windows on the Wetlands other parks and reserves offering more visitor orientated experiences including Berry Springs Nature Park and Manton Dam Recreation Reserve showcases for the Territorys unique experiences, such as the Territory Wildlife Park and George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Litchfield National Park, to the west of Coomalie, is a popular destination for residents and visitors to the region. It provides opportunities to experience Top End landscapes, scenic waterfalls, safe swimming, camping, four wheel driving and bush walking. Recreation facilities at the Marrara Sports Complex provide a range of premier sporting facilities catering for local, regional, national and international events. The Freds Pass Recreation Reserve also provides for a range of recreational activities, including equestrian activities (polocrosse and dressage), and Palmerston has a range of premier sporting facilities distributed across the urban area. The historic Gardens Oval complex, the original regional facility, continues to provide an alternative venue for both local and regional events. All three complexes have club rooms and spectator facilities and Marrara and Freds Pass provide opportunities for expansion and improvement. While Marrara will remain the principal location in the region for premier sporting facilities, additional facilities will be required in future urban areas. The specific location of these facilities will be addressed in more detailed future planning, with particular attention given to ready access to the arterial road and public transport networks. The Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex and Micket Creek Shooting Complex meet specific recreation needs. Future development of these facilities is anticipated to meet the needs of continued population growth. As the regional population continues to grow there will be an increased demand for additional specialist facilities that have relevance to residents and visitors, including a national standard aquatic centre and improved facilities for equestrian events. Local Detailed planning for urban areas and rural activity centres will focus on opportunities to collocate local sporting facilities with other community facilities, particularly schools. This approach encourages multi-use and increased activation of local areas. Education Facilities The ongoing provision of adequate and affordable land to accommodate a range of educational facilities is a key imperative in this plan. Specific requirements and sites for new school infrastructure will be determined by a number of factors including: the location of greenfield and infill development the contribution of government and non-government sectors the impacts of Defence personnel movement convenience with respect to public transport services
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