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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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19 The Land Development Corporation Act establishes a statutory corporation to develop and manage land for use by new and existing industries in the Territory, and for use for residential developments and associated activities. The functions of the corporation are to develop and promote project land for use by industrial businesses and for residential developments. It is also required to undertake residential developments on project land and to provide services, facilities and general assistance to facilitate the establishment and conduct of industry on project land. The corporations functions also include facilitating other activities associated with the development or management of project land, the use of project land by industrial businesses or for residential developments, including commercial or recreational activities and activities relating to heritage and environmental conservation. While the Land Development Corporation Act establishes significant responsibilities to the Land Development Corporation (LDC) in regard to land development and management, it does not define ESD or the principles of ESD as considerations for the exercise of these functions under the Act. Power and Water Corporation Act Power and Water Corporation is significant in the Darwin Harbour region as an owner, operator and developer of major infrastructure for the production and supply of electricity, gas, water and sewage services. The corporation also has significant responsibilities for land use and management within the Darwin Harbour region. The Power and Water Corporation Act establishes a government owned corporation for the purposes of providing essential services in the Northern Territory. The corporations broad functions include a range of activities relating to the supply of infrastructure and services for electricity, water and sewerage and gas, as well as communications and other services. In order to support these functions, the corporation has broad ability to do whatever it determines is necessary to be conducive or incidental to the performance its functions. This includes acquiring, establishing and operating any undertaking, including any necessary tenements and licences. The Power and Water Corporation Act does not define ESD or the principles of ESD as either objects in support of functions undertaken in accordance with the Act, or as considerations to guide decision-making under the Act in respect to the corporations primary functions or its role in regard to land use and management in the Darwin Harbour region. Darwin Port Corporation Act The main legislation regulating the use of port facilities is the Darwin Port Corporation Act and Port By-Laws. Darwin Port Corporation (DPC) is primarily responsible for the regulation, improvement, management, operation and control of and the promotion of trade utilising the port (Section 16). Under the Act, DPC is obliged to carry out its functions in a commercial manner and, while established under the public sector, operates as an independent private entity. The Act assigns functions to the Darwin Port Corporation (DPC) but only one of these reflects a matter of environmental protection.