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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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18 and the ability to change the Planning Scheme itself in response to a development application. The Planning Act is unclear on the extent to which failure to comply with development approval conditions is an offence. The Act appears to treat conditions as static rules which do not continue to operate on the development. Northern Territory Planning Scheme As a broad based legislative document, the Planning Act relies on the Northern Territory Planning Scheme to provide a mechanism for development control and define directions for future land use development. The NT Planning Scheme contains provisions that include: statements of policy with respect to the use or development of land provisions that permit, prohibit or impose conditions on a use or development of land provisions for instructions, guidelines or assessment criteria to assist the consent authority in assessing development applications other provisions connected with planning for, or control of, the use or development of land maps, plans, designs and diagrams (WSUD discussion paper). Pastoral Land Act The Pastoral Land Act provides for the conversion and granting of title to pastoral land and the administration, management and conservation of pastoral land. The object of the Act is to provide a form of tenure of Crown Land that facilitates the sustainable use of land for pastoral purposes and the economic viability of the pastoral industry. These objects also include providing for the monitoring of pastoral land so as to detect and assess any change in its condition; the prevention or minimisation of degradation of or other damage to the land and its indigenous plant and animal life; and the rehabilitation of the land in cases of degradation or other damage. Further objects include recognising the right of Aborigines to follow traditional pursuits on pastoral land; providing reasonable access for the public across pastoral land to waters and places of public interest, and providing a procedure to establish Aboriginal community living areas on pastoral land. The Act has objectives that include facilitating the sustainable use of land for pastoral purposes and minimising degradation to the land and its indigenous plant and animal life, it However, it does not include a definition of ESD or the principles of ESD to support these objectives. The principles of ESD also are not made requirements for decision-making under the Act. Land Development Corporation Act The Land Development Corporation (LDC) is a significant land holder in the Darwin Harbour region and its functions in relation to land development have important potential implications for ESD.