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Darwin Regional Land Use Plan



Darwin Regional Land Use Plan


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Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment

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Darwin (N.T.)

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41 LAND USE STRUCTURE Coomalie Area Illustrated: 1500 km2 Location: From Manton Dam in the north to the Town of Adelaide River in the south, Adelaide River in the east to Litchfield National Park in the west Population: 1310 (ABS - June 2013 Estimated Resident Population) Characteristics: An emerging area with important links to historical WWII, mining and horticulture activity and an increasing focus on education and tourism Various agricultural and mining enterprises and the significant role of the Coomalie Subregion during WWII provided the initial impetus for growth. Adelaide River, originally established as a depot for the Overland Telegraph Line workers, subsequently became a rest stop and river crossing on the journey south to the Pine Creek goldfields and a major station on the railway. The town was the centre of significant activity during WWII and continues to provide residential options, local services and a convenient rest stop and tourist centre on the Stuart Highway. The Rum Jungle uranium mine started operating in the 1950s and the township of Batchelor, built to accommodate the workforce, provided a range of community and recreational facilities. With the closure of the mine in the early 1970s, Batchelor was transferred to the NT Administration and became a tertiary education centre. Tourism has become increasingly important to the town and the region, particularly since the establishment of Litchfield National Park in 1986, and the town provides a population base and local services. Coomalie continues to contribute to growth of the region in areas of tourism, education and horticulture and agriculture. It is also of particular importance with respect to mineral and regional water resources. The Coomalie Community Government Council was established in 1990 with the first election in 1991. The councils vision is to sustain and nurture the lifestyle of residents and positive experiences for visitors. Resolving native title claims will create opportunities for development of Batchelor and Adelaide River, particularly industrial development in association with the Batchelor Aerodrome and resolving historic access issues will similarly create opportunities for new rural lifestyle development. Mini replica of Karlstein Castle, Batchelor

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