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Ecologically sustainable development in the Darwin Harbour Region : review of governance frameworks



Ecologically sustainable development in the Darwin Harbour Region : review of governance frameworks

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Environment Protection Agency.


Environment Protection Agency (Northern Territory); Northern Territory. Department Of Lands, Planning And Environment


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Executive summary -- Introduction -- 1. Background -- 1.1 Terms of reference -- 1.2 Scope and structure of the review -- 1.3 Ecologically sustainable development and governance -- 1.4 Ecologically sustainable development, principles and criteria -- 1.5 The Darwin Harbour Region -- 2. Ecologically sustainable development in legislation, policies and plans -- 2.1 Strategic development and management -- 2.2 Land use -- 2.3 Minerals, extractive materials and petroleum -- 2.4 Ports -- 2.5 Pollution, waste and public health -- 2.6 Water -- 2.7 Fisheries and marine areas -- 2.8 Biodiversity, heritage and natural resource management -- 2.9 Environmental assessment -- 3. Discussion and findings -- 4. Advice.




Darwin Harbour -- Environmental aspects; Environmental management -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Harbour

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Environment Protection Agency

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vii, 59 p. : col. ills. ; 30 cm.

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Environment Protection Agency



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15 2.2 Land Use Land is not statutorily managed as a single resource in the Northern Territory. Instead it is allocated under a number of frameworks with various management arrangements applying to different uses of land. This situation applies to land allocation and use in the Darwin Harbour Region with various implications in terms of the promotion of ESD. The Crown Land Act is the primary piece of legislation applying to the management and use of Crown Land in the Northern Territory and is administered by the Department of Lands and Planning. The Act grants power to the Planning Minister to grant leases or alienate Crown Land. Under the Act, Crown Land can be sold through a public competitive process (auction, invitation, ballot, tender etc), or directly to a particular entity for commercial development (which usually occurs under an agreement to develop the land, which is securitised by granting a lease which turns to freehold land upon development). The Department of Lands and Planning also has power to allocate land for road construction, and the Administrator, on the recommendation of the Minister for Lands and Planning, has the power to grant a licence, lease or easement over Crown Land to construct an energy pipeline (i.e. gas or petroleum pipeline from offshore and onshore gas fields).

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