Batchelor water supply development study 1985.
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Technical Report WRD85068 Viewed at 15:07:30 on 29/07/2010 Page 14 of 58. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 6.2 Future Growth Potential 6.2.1 Mining Development: The Woodcutters Mining Development has contributed 10 IS single men, and 4 S families to the Batchelor population. A new mining lease has been issued in the Finnis River area, which could possibly add another 20 residents to the town's population. The Department of Mines and Energy advise that no other mining ventures are planned for the Batchelor region in the forseeable future (the next S - 10 years). 6.2.2 College Development : New facilities are being constructed at the College to accommodate an additional student population of 68 and 5 staff for the year beginning 1986. The five staff could be expected to increase the Town's population by fifteen. The College principal has suggested an annual average growth rate of 10 percent in the student and staff populations, to the year 2000. Government spending restraints would appear to make this an optimistic projection. The projections below are for 3.7 and 10 percent compounded annual growth rates. Students Staff 1986 270 45 2000 (3.7%) 4S0 75 2000 (10%) 1020 170 The 3.7 percent growth rate has been adopted. An allowance of 2.25 persons per family has been made (assuming that half of the staff are single and half have families of four). This represents an approximate total increase of 110 by the year 2000. Fifteen of these will be assumed to live out of the Town (based on present staff locations). 6.2.3 Tourist Development: The proposed declaration of Stapleton National Park provides great potential for the growth of tourism in the area, and should have a significant impact on Batchelor. The Town would be used as a resource base for the park and its proximity to Darwin should prove these development proposals to be a success. Approval has been granted for construction of a 120 site caravan park, which is expected to be constructed in three stages commencing in November, 1985. Assuming an average of 2.S persons per unit, there is potential for a temporary population of 300 people. Stage 1 will comprise 30 sites providing for a potential population of 70. 10
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