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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Planning Commission

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ANNUAL REPORT 202021 | 20 Gunn Point Update to the Litchfield Su n Project status: Ongoing Gunn Point Peninsula, including the future township of Murrumujuk, sits within the municipality of Litchfield. There are few permanent residents within the area, however there is a high level of visitation for a range of recreational pursuits, including access to popular camping and fishing locations. Murrumujuk was first identified in 1984 as having potential for a rural centre. The Darwin Regional Land Use Plan 2015 identified an opportunity for strategic industry to be established in the far-term at Glyde Point and a potential deep water port in its Darwin Region Structure Plan. The Planning Commissions work to update the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan was in response to the increased interest in Gunn Point and the outcomes of the natural resource investigations from the Mapping the Future project, which assessed and mapped the natural resources of the Gunn Point area. With the outcomes from the Mapping the Future project, the Planning Commission was able to define current information about land capability and the land use structure plan could be updated to reflect the best use of land while protecting and preserving the environment for the community. The Planning Commission commenced preliminary consultation with directly affected land owners and government agencies in late 2019; findings from this stage assisted in preparing the draft update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan. The Planning Commission launched Stage Two community consultation in July 2020. Key issues raised by the community during Stage Two were: a need to maintain the natural and recreational environment; a need to ensure groundwater availability is not hindered; concern that hunting grounds may be eroded or diminished; concern that Murrumujuk beach may be diminished; and a need for additional consideration for the protection of the environment. With completion of the two stages of consultation, the Planning Commission recommended the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics consider amending the NT Planning Scheme to include the Gunn Point update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan 2016. The recommended update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan: confirms the opportunity for strategic industry and a potential deep water port to be established at Glyde Point, in the long term; responds to cultural, historical and natural assets of the locality; provides opportunities for residential and economic growth; enables tourism ventures that respond to environmental cultural and recreational opportunities; protects the transport and infrastructure corridors required for development on the Gunn Point peninsula; and supports detailed planning for Murrumujuk at a future time. A proposed Planning Scheme amendment to include the update Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan in the NT Planning Scheme 2020 was exhibited by the Minister in February 2021, with the Planning Commission holding a hearing on submissions received during the third stage of consultation on 18 May 2021. The Planning Commission looks forward to the Ministers decision on the proposed Planning Scheme amendment. Gunn Point Update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan

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