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Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing



Annual Report 1988-1989 Department of Lands and Housing

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Aboriginal Housing Advisory Service The Aboriginal Housing Advisory Service Inc. (AHAS) was established in 1986/87 using funds under the joint Commonwealth/ Northern Territory Mortgage and Rent Relief Scheme (MRRS). The Service is supervised by a management committee comprising representatives from relevant organisations (mainly Aboriginal). This committee maintains close contact with the Department of Lands and Housing. Since its commencement, the Service has assisted many Aborigines to handle housing problems and adjust to a suburban lifestyle. Strategic Land Use and Development Projects Specific projects com m enced by the Department include the preparation of a number of policy plans using either internal resources, consultan ts services or a combination of both. Plans on which work was undertaken include: * Alice Springs Regional Land Use Structure Plan * Litchfield Land Use Structure Plan * Tennant Creek Land Use Structure Plan * Katherine Land Use Structure Plan * Gunn Point Peninsula Land Use Structure Plan * Shoal Bay District Centre Land Use Concept Plan * Southport Land Use Concept Plan * East Arm/Bleesers Creek Preliminary Design Study * Elizabeth River Lake/s Preliminary Design Study * Drainage Study - East Arm Peninsula * Drainage Study - Thomgate Road Area The consultancy to undertake a feasibility study on Emily Creek as a recreational lake was completed. Evaluation of the findings of the study continue and the various options are being examined. The A ustralian Valuation Office was commissioned to carry out a pilot project in Alice Springs as the first stage in establishing a com puterised Northern Territory Land Use Model to assist in land use planning. Capital Works (Lands) There were no major land servicing projects launched in the main urban centres as the amount of serviced land available was generally adequate to meet fairly low demand. However, several significant projects in the rural centres, Borroloola, Humpty Doo and Adelaide River, indicate a continuing steady growth in these areas. O ther p ro jec ts included storm w ater drainage works to the Yarrentye Lease, Alice Springs, and the provision of an oval at Archer Regional Recreation area in Palmerston. Statutory Planning Control During 1988 the Planning Legislation Unit was established to ensure significant progress occurred on the review of the Planning Act and Regulations and also the d ra ft T ow n P lans. The d raft D arw inTow n Plan, resulting from a complete review of the existing Plan, was