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

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Title

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

Other title

Environment Protection Agency.

Creator

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

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2010-09

Notes

Date:2010-09

Table of contents

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.

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Environment Protection Agency

Place of publication

Palmerston

Format

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

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

Environment Protection Agency

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243122

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/603823

Page content

39 planning in the region have led to an assessment of social and cultural values and environmental flow requirements16. Community engagement in water planning is enabled through the creation of Water Advisory Committees (WACs), which in the case of the Darwin Harbour region include the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee and the Rapid Creek Catchment Water Advisory Committee. Water Advisory Committees are not mandatory and outside this process, the community does not have any statutory ability to be involved in water planning. Findings The Water Act is not informed by the principles of ESD. Planning for the sustainable use and management of water resources is discretionary and dependent upon the good practice of NRETAS. The Water Act framework fails to integrate with other key elements within the water sector or with other relevant external sectors such as parks and reserve management, urban planning and mine management. The regulatory component of the Water Act operates on a site by site basis (licensing specific discharge points) and is therefore limited in its ability to consider the cumulative impact of various land uses on the water quality of Darwin Harbour. 16 Woodward et al 2008


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