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EnvironmeNT : the newsletter of the Environment Centre NT



EnvironmeNT : the newsletter of the Environment Centre NT


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May/June l 2004 Page 4 The proposed Glyde Point industrial development: the government's tangled web The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment (DIPE) is proposing a huge new industrial development at Glyde Point, a beautiful coastal area north of Darwin. Th of Environment, a unit within DIPE, is now conducting an environmental impact assessment of this proposal. Set out bel in Glyde Point, giving rise to concerns that this process can The Approval Body: Development Consent Authority (DCA) Members appointed by the Minister for Lands, Dr Burns, as with members of NTLC Board and NTLDC; Regulates development; Current Chair: John Pinney from DIPE/NTLC! DCA yet to consider Glyde Pt proposal or issue permit. Relevant Ministers Minister for Infrastructure, Planning & Lands (DIPE) Dr Chris Burns; Minister for Business and In Henderson; Minister for the Environment Scrymgour. Glyde Point: a coastal jewel Feeding grounds for endangered Highly valued coral reefs. Mangrove forests of similar diversity to that of Darwin Harbour. Rare vegetation such as Vine Rainforests Adjacent to the highly significa Djukbinj National Park and the Adjacent to Leaders Creek Lies on the western edge of a semi environment bounded to the north by by Cobourg Peninsula (Gurig National Park and marine protected area). The Land Owner: NT Land Corporation (NTLC) Owns Glyde Point land (and most of Gunn Peninsula too!); Created by CLP Act of Parliament 1986; Legally ambiguous quasi-government body; Created primarily to acquire, hold and dispose of land so that it cannot be claimed by Aboriginal traditional owners; Owns about $150,000,000 worth of freehold property and leases across NT (How did it come by all these lands?); Sells lands to developers, including other parts of government; Not accountable to any Minister, government or shareholders, even though most of its members are senior public servants!; Chair and board members appointed by Minister for Lands but not accountable to him/her, or parliament, or the public!; No annual report or any other form of required reporting to anyone; Makes decisions on purchase and sale of lands without reference to public or government. Current board: Chair: Peter Blake (ex- CEO DBIRD); John Pinney (DIPE/DCA); David Ritchie (DIPE); Bill Goedegbuure; Chris Bigg Audited by Deloittes audit report confidential (of course) Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development (DBIRD) Former CEO, Peter Blake, is chair of NTLC. Will new CEO Mike automatically become chair of the NTLC? Only Dr Burns knows.

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