Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
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DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 52 Land for Industrial Development Regional and national economic performance is likely to have a significant influence on growth in general and on strategic industrial development. Population growth will have the strongest influence on the growth of building, construction, light and service industries, such as hardware, building supplies and auto repairs, and extractive industries providing construction materials. The growth of general and strategic industrial uses will likely be driven by many factors including: growth in transport, storage and logistics to meet demand for consumer items live cattle exports major projects such as the Marine Supply Base and new Palmerston hospital mining and energy production, with ongoing major growth in liquefied natural gas developments and exports supply and maintenance to the marine industry sector as Darwin evolves as a major hub to service the surrounding oil and gas fields continued strong growth in engineering, building and construction continued growth as Australias Asian Gateway and a global energy centre development of a deep water multi-user port and major industries estate at Glyde Point to meet future demands, particularly for natural gas-based industries. Evaluation of land sales and consumption (MacroPlanDimasi 2013) indicates: increasing demand for large warehouses on the East Arm Peninsula, reflecting interest from companies involved in the Inpex LNG Project and local companies expanding to provide support services increasing market demand for more affordable smaller industrial lots increasing attractiveness of Winnellie as a location for industries due to the availability of strata title units and direct access to the Stuart Highway The ongoing availability of adequate and affordable land to provide for future industrial development is essential in three segments: strategic industry such as gas-based, mining, railway or port related industries general industry such as transport, warehouse and storage, manufacturing, component assembly, trade and technology parks light industry such as light fabrication, showrooms and sales, hardware, building supplies, auto parts and repairs. Analysis indicates that there is about 4500 ha of currently zoned industrial land in the Darwin Region, of which some 1530 ha is available for development. Sufficient zoned land is available to meet current needs. However, there has been a limited supply for some industrial uses, particularly land that supports freight and logistics. This presents the opportunity for the development of freight and logistics services. The Land Development Corporation is also developing industrial waterfront land at East Arm to establish a Marine Industry Park. The park will be developed in stages to accommodate demand for the forecasted growth in vessel repair and maintenance activity associated with growth in the marine industry sector. Analysis by MacroPlanDimasi in 2013, as shown at Table 6, indicates that an additional 172 ha of industrial land will be required to meet a regional population of 150 000 and a further 1333 ha for a population of 250 000. Industrial land requirements beyond these population thresholds must also be considered in identification of industrial land to accommodate future growth. Estimating the land requirement for strategic industries is difficult. With the current focus on developing the north and major project attraction and facilitation there is a potential requirement for significant areas to accommodate major industry. Such activity will require separation from urban areas and access to deep water port facilities. Serviced Industrial Land Demand (ha) Today Short Term Long Term Light and General Industry 1 569 1 741 2 902 Table 6 - Serviced Industrial Land Demand
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