Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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43 Cox Peninsula Area Illustrated: 875 km2 Location: From Darwin Harbour and Litchfield Municipality in the north and east to Bynoe Harbour in the west and the southern boundary formed by a line from the River Charlotte estuary east to the Litchfield Municipality boundary Population: 647 (ABS - June 2013 Estimated Resident Population) Characteristics: Largely undeveloped apart from residential areas at Wagait Beach and Belyuen Existing land use on Cox Peninsula is limited to fishing and recreational activities with the exception of the Aboriginal community at Belyuen (population 213) and the Wagait community (population 434). Factors contributing to the lack of development on the peninsula include the lack of essential services infrastructure, limited access via ferry and road distance, and the unresolved Kenbi Land Claim. Associated with the land claim are concerns and considerations about protecting sites of significance to Aboriginal people. The anticipated resolution of the land claim will create opportunities for development, including urban uses, subject to adequate transport and essential services infrastructure being provided. Point Margaret on the Port Patterson/Bynoe Harbour coast, and land on Middle Arm in Darwin Harbour opposite Channel Island are relatively close to natural deep water channels that may, in the long term, offer opportunities for deep water ports and associated strategic industry development on Cox Peninsula. A feature of the northern and western parts of the peninsula, rare in the Darwin Region, is a coast largely free from mangroves and other coastal wetlands. This feature can contribute to environmentally attractive urban areas with high amenity for residents and visitors. Major development on Cox Peninsula will depend on comprehensive investigations of land capability and opportunities and options for provision of transport and essential services infrastructure. LAND USE STRUCTURE Mandorah Jetty Wagait
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