NORTHERN Territory's Chief Minister Paul Henderson last week released the Greater Darwin Plan, a strategic framework that aims to guide the growth of Darwin city and the surrounding region.
With a vision that Darwin is a place that is affordable, liveable, prosperous and sustainable, the plan seeks to manage future growth through seven strategic directions, such as strong and healthy communities, land use integration and economic development.
Mr Henderson said the Greater Darwin Plan was strategically formulated in line with Territory 2030 growth targets and feedback through community consultation.
"This plan will help Darwin grow by up to 70,000 extra people over the next 15 years while maintaining the unique character of our communities and suburbs," Mr Henderson said.
The Chief Minister said the plan provides a strategic planning framework to guide Darwin as it enters a period of record employment and population growth.
"The Plan outlines initiatives aimed squarely at making housing more affordable and providing more options for Territory families through a balance of infill in existing suburbs and developing new suburbs," Mr Henderson said.
According to the government, highlights of the plan include:
- The expansion of Darwin International Airport and East Arm Wharf;
- Development of the Darwin Business Park;
- Maintaining a healthy Darwin Harbour;
- Increased housing around Casuarina Shopping Centre and commercial area;
- A master plan to expand upon Parap's village lifestyle;
- A focus on new land release at Weddell and future development areas around Noonamah;
- Potential for industrial development at Gunn Point; and
- A light rail corridor from Darwin CBD to Weddell.
More information on the Greater Darwin Plan is available from <http://www.greaterdarwin.nt.gov.au/>.