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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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36 2.6 Water Northern Territory waters are vested in and regulated by the Crown, subject to limited riparian, domestic and stock watering rights. Ownership of watercourse beds and banks is also granted to the Crown unless otherwise specified. Legislation The Water Act regulates the issuing of licences to take and use surface and groundwater, pollute water, and construct facilities such as dams and bores. Strategic planning is enabled through the declaration of water control districts and beneficial uses and the development of water allocation plans. The latter are not necessarily developed for all water control districts. The Darwin region was declared a water control district in 1999 and beneficial uses apply to water bodies in the region. Policies and Plans A Water Quality Protection Plan (WQPP) for Darwin Harbour is being developed using the national Framework for Marine and Estuarine Water Quality Protection. This framework was developed as part of the National Water Quality Management Strategy and provides a nationally consistent approach to water quality protection. The aim of the WQPP is to ensure that water quality objectives and community values associated with Darwin Harbour waterways are maintained. Phase one was reported in 200915. The Territory Government has also identified that water sensitive urban design (WSUD) principles must be applied to all new development and redevelopment areas in order to manage environmental impacts on Darwin Harbour. This is a holistic approach to the planning and design of urban development that aims to minimise impacts on the natural water cycle and protect the health of aquatic ecosystems. Water sensitive urban design entails the integration of stormwater, groundwater, 15 Fortune and Maly 2009