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Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

Details:

Title

Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

Collection

Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment annual reports; Dept. of Lands, Planning and the Environment reports; PublicationNT; Reports; reports

Date

2015

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory. Dept. of Lands and Planning -- Periodicals; Land use -- Northern Territory -- Planning -- Periodicals; Transportation -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Public works -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment

Place of publication

Darwin (N.T.)

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/257455

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/511960

Page content

DARWIN REGIONAL LAND USE PLAN 2015 54 Regional Landscape and Natural Resources Desired Regional Outcome Natural attributes of the Darwin Region, that have high biodiversity values and contribute to the amenity enjoyed by residents and the economy, are identified and managed sustainably. The Darwin Region is rich in natural resources and associated natural attributes. These present many and varied opportunities for urban and rural development able to sustain human occupation in well-managed and attractive environments while contributing to the growth, wellbeing and prosperity of successive generations of local, regional, territory and national communities. As elsewhere, natural resources must be used and managed in appropriate and sustainable ways, recognising the pressure that development can place on finite and renewable resources and the environment. Therefore, development opportunities must be weighed against constraints inherent in the natural environment and the potential impacts of developments. While technologies can sometimes be responsibly and feasibly employed to overcome constraints, the economic and environmental costs may not always be justified. The preparation of a long term regional land use plan is a key factor in identifying the opportunities and constraints, and in establishing broad policies with the objective of delivering balanced outcomes over time. Environment and Heritage The relatively flat landform of the Darwin Region, the extensive coastal areas and the highly seasonal rainfall create development constraints associated with large tidal ranges and seasonal inundation. These factors also contribute to a diverse mosaic of ecosystems, including restricted vegetation communities and rare and threatened species of plants and animals. The regions landscape and environment contain many significant biodiversity values and provide a backdrop for tourism and recreation, as well as a range of opportunities for primary production. The ancient and rich Aboriginal heritage provides a context for traditional cultural activities and community recognition. Land is fundamental to Indigenous identify and cultural vitality and as such, in any planning for growth, the identification of heritage sites, buildings and objects based on Indigenous culture, tradition and historical events must be prominent. Around 40 per cent of the region is currently formal open space, conservation reserves, natural areas and mangroves. These features provide substantial environmental, economic and social benefits. Parks, reserves, conservation areas and remnant vegetation have many functions; providing essential recreational experiences for residents, adding significantly to the amenity of residential areas and conserving native plants and animals. The community places a high value on the protection and conservation of the natural environment, particularly Darwin Harbour and its coastal habitats, and inland wetlands, lagoons, streams and riparian vegetation. These habitats are often linked by seasonal surface and groundwater flows. It is therefore imperative that planning for future development includes an integrated approach to protecting these natural values. Key Environment and Heritage Objectives Recognise positive contributions the regions natural landscape and habitats make to the amenity enjoyed by residents, tourists and other visitors and ensure detailed planning considers the need to further enhance these contributions by providing appropriate protection to contributors to the natural estate. Select development localities with a view to minimising direct and indirect environmental impacts and maintaining a green region with a particular emphasis on recognising the importance of ongoing interconnectivity between components of the natural landscape. Protect and maintain the significant biodiversity and habitats (natural landscapes) of the region, including the threatened plants and animals under the Parks and Wildlife Commission Act (NT) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). Protect prescribed archaeological places and objects, including sites of Aboriginal and Macassan origin via the provisions of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act (NT). Protect and manage regional culture and heritage (particularly WWII sites), recognising their capacity to enrich lives and provide a sense of connection for locals and visitors via the provisions of the Heritage Act (NT). Minimise the detrimental impact of development on the environment through: conserving wildlife corridors and minimising human impacts on key populations and habitats of the unique flora and fauna of the region considering the characteristics of soil drainage to minimise the impact of storage and disposal of waste water on the ecology of surface and groundwater resources appropriately managing potential acid sulfate soils to minimise the risk to the environment and the development appropriately managing stormwater drainage and other potential impacts on Darwin Harbour Recognise the role of innovative strategic planning responses, including engineering solutions, in managing the coastal impacts of predicted climate change, particularly sea level rise and the associated increased storm tide hazard risk to the environment (as well as people and property).


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