Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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29 LAND USE STRUCTURE opportunities for co-location with recreation and other community facilities (particularly child care centres) enrolment management. The land use structure established by this regional plan will help guide future planning. Charles Darwin University (CDU) supports the professional and personal aspirations of residents of the region. Since its humble beginnings as a community college, CDU has evolved into a significant employer in the Darwin Region and one of the largest Territory-based export earners. A resident student population uses major campuses in Casuarina and Palmerston and new facilities at the Darwin Waterfront will soon commence operations. The location of existing campuses, the possible future consolidation of facilities, particularly in the health sector, as well as anticipated international student growth and accommodation have potential to significantly impact infrastructure requirements. The focus of the university on international outreach and partnerships with neighbours including Timor-Leste, Indonesia and China make a major contribution to cultural diversity within the region. The active involvement of CDU in the future detailed planning for specific localities will ensure these future plans reflect university initiatives and potential contribution to future regional growth and the required infrastructure. Health Services The key health care facilities in the Darwin Region, the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Darwin Private Hospital, are on the northern fringe of the urban area. As the growing communitys centre of gravity moves to the east and south, the need for additional health care facilities has been recognised. The site for the new hospital at Holtze, immediately to the north of Palmerston on the northern side of the Stuart Highway opposite Temple Terrace, will provide for staged development to improve convenience and reduce emergency travel distances. Ongoing detailed planning for health care will adequately provide for both public and private sector participation in developing facilities and delivering services, and for the changing demographic profile of the region (e.g. increasing numbers of seniors choosing to live in the region after they retire). Detailed strategic planning for health care facilities will not be limited to major facilities, or just the public sector. There is a strong policy commitment to distributing health related jobs and services throughout the region for reasons that include: providing service convenience minimising emergency response times minimising travel times and distances minimising energy and associated environmental costs in private and public transport. Lesser community health care facilities and services will be integrated in urban and rural activity centres.
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