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Darwin Regional Land Use Plan



Darwin Regional Land Use Plan


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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 40 Litchfield The Litchfield Subregion occupies the farm lots originally surveyed in 1869 (see The Past, page 46). The area formed Australias front line during WWII with a concentration of men and materials set up in a series of fortresses and the construction of three military airfields along what is now the Stuart Highway. The remnants of this military activity continue to contribute to the rich heritage and amenity enjoyed by residents and visitors. Until local government was introduced in 1985 the area, known simply as the Darwin Rural Area was considered as a component of the wider region. Now a separate identifiable entity, the Litchfield Municipality continues to be important in the regional context in terms of water and land resources, natural and cultural heritage, and regional urban and rural growth. Although initial land survey was intended to foster agriculture, the availability of freehold lots and destruction of Darwin by Cyclone Tracy in December 1974 were the catalysts for significant interest in rural lifestyles. People escaped the vulnerability of coastal Darwin and were attracted by the perceived immunity from administrative interference associated with urban living on (then) leasehold land under planning control. A series of village centres (more recently called district centres) were identified at Humpty Doo, Howard Springs, Freds Pass and Berry Springs. Humpty Doo, on the Arnhem Highway and serviced by reticulated water and sewerage, has flourished. The Stuart Highway location at Coolalinga attracted major development and it has emerged as a key centre. Rural lifestyles continue to attract a significant number of residents in the Darwin Region and this choice is recognised as a legitimate land use. Litchfields proximity to established urban concentrations and abundant land inevitably dictates that future urban development will be located within its boundaries. This is evidenced by the long term plans for a new city at Weddell and proposed urban development at Holtze, parts of Hughes, Noonamah and Noonamah Ridge, and Murrumujuk in conjunction with Glyde Point port and industry. Rural Activity centres will build on the previous concept for district centres providing a core of commercial and community development and a range of residential options decreasing in density from urban residential within the core and a transition of larger lots to provide a buffer to adjoining unserviced rural lifestyle areas. The economic viability of the infrastructure required to support the core activities will be enhanced through the utilisation Area Illustrated: 3100 km2 Location: From Gunn Point in the north to Manton Dam in the south, Adelaide River in the east to Harvey Creek in the west Population: 21 380 (ABS - June 2013 Estimated Resident Population) Characteristics: Rural lifestyle with a focus on local communities of that infrastructure to serve smaller rural lots. The increased local population will support a greater range of local facilities, including public transport and improve local employment opportunities. Future detailed infrastructure investigations and planning will guide coordinated and efficient development to meet the needs of existing and future residents within rural activity centres and rural lifestyle areas. Coolalinga shops

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