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WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013. Sun Newspapers 11 www.intouchre.com - 65 Allwright St, Wanguri NT 0810 - Licensed Real estate agents Danielle Wilks 0418 923 131 Sam Wilks 0402 152 929 I told her to go with 1414 44 77 99 1212 2929 1818 1616 2727 2323 3838 3333 4444 3535 5252 4646 6060 5151 4747 7474 6262 7171 6767 7373 @ Palmerston Golf Course Cnr. University Ave & Dwyer Cct. Driver, NT 0830 EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:30PM INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS AND BONAFIDE GUESTS All Proceeds to For More Information or Bookings 8932 1324 CA$H Prizes to be WON! M: 0419 034 379 P: 8942 1825 If you want IT problems xed without the jargon, call us today: We can help you understand your IT problems and get them fixed - Full after hours support - Help desk for ongoing queries JOHN SMARTTASKCOMAUsWWWSMARTTASKCOM ?? ? ?? ? ? YOUR COMPUTER PROBLEMS explained in plain English PC & Mac repairs - Network problems - Soware assistance - Phone support SUNNewspapers >> General News The Western Lost City in Limmen National Park. Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Future of park in your hands THE Territory gained its newest national park last year when Limmen was created, and Parks and Wildlife wants to know what you think the future should hold for the natural wonder. Located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 305km south-east of Katherine and 76km north-west of Borroloola, the 960,846ha park has significant biodiversity and cultural values and is increasingly popular for fishing, camping and four wheel driving. Northern Parks director Neva McCartney said the Public Discussion Paper for the development of a Plan of Management for Limmen proposes a 10-year vision for the area. She said a key aim of the plan is to strike the right balance between the protection of natural values and improving the visitor experience. Limmen National Park is becoming increasingly popular among Territorians and tourists we want the public to have its say about how the Park should be managed, Ms McCartney said. There is a considerable collection of cultural sites and conservation of these sites requires a formal Cultural Heritage Management Strategy to be prepared in collaboration with the traditional custodians of the park. She said many visitors to the park are interested in its biodiversity it is home to 365 vertebrate animals and 1430 plant species, including eight threatened species. Visit parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au to have your say. Forum flawed By NICOLE MILLS A COMMUNITY forum discussing the future area plan for Knuckey Lagoon will be held one day before public submissions on the plan close. Nelson MLA Gerry Wood said it was a silly time frame and asked Lands and Planning Minister Peter Chandler for an extension to give people time to finalise their submissions. The forum will be held on August 8, but at this stage submissions close on August 9. Its a bit funny to have a forum on one day and expect an answer the next day, he said. The sensible approach would be to simply extend the date for the closing of submissions, giving everyone time to take in what they learnt at the forum. Mr Wood said he thought it was a good discussion paper but there were still negotiations that needed to take place. He suggested one of the concessions the government could make would be to increase the area of the lagoon that was protected. The lagoon is one of the number one priorities for protection so all development around it needs to be not only protecting it, but improve it, because it has copped a hiding from fires and poor planning over the years, he said. Mr Wood said he would not oppose all development in the area, but said it needed to be in line with the feel of the rural area. He said the area was not suitable for urban development. I dont think it is going to be practical to cut the land up into smaller blocks, he said. I think there are options there for some developments between 1ha and 2ha. I wouldnt support anything below 1ha. NT Planning Commission chair Gary Nairn said the challenge was to balance environmental protection with opportunities arising from economic growth in the greater Darwin region. The opportunity exists to commence discussions around future and alternate land uses, including rural residential living lots, conservation and sustainable development, he said when the discussion paper was released in June. The paper is available on the NT Planning Commission website. The forums take place tomorrow at Knuckey Lagoon Recreation Reserve, Brandt Road, at 2-3.30pm and 5-6.30pm.
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