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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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29 Other Critical Issues for ESD The commercial nature of the DPCs role, with no reference to ESD, has failed to acknowledge that it is a key regulatory arm of the Territory Government with regards to activities directly impacting the harbour. Its commercial role sits in direct conflict with its power to regulate pollution of ports under the DPC Act and the Port By-Laws. It is also noted that the DPC is exempt from the Commonwealth Corporations Act, preventing the application of any environmental and reporting obligations imposed under that legislation. Findings Activities at ports have the greatest potential for environmental impact on the harbour. Activities at ports do not require licensing and are not covered effectively by existing environmental protection legislation. DPC has been established for a purpose that is not environmentally focussed or regulatory, and is not legally required to operate under an environmental management plan. Despite the establishment of DPC as an independent private corporation, it is exempt from the Commonwealth Corporations Act, which means it does not have to comply with any environmental reporting obligations under that Act.

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