THE Northern Territory Government this week released its Rural Village Development Discussion Paper, aiming to increase housing choice and access to services and improve sustainability in Litchfield Shire.
Lands and Planning Minister Gerry McCarthy said the Rural Village Discussion Paper and associated area plans have been developed as part of the Darwin Region Land Use Plan and suggest creating rural villages at Berry Springs, Humpty Doo, Howard Springs, Coolalinga/ Freds Pass, Noonamah and Girraween.
"The Territory is growing and we need more homes and housing choice. More people living in these areas would increase commercial, retail and community service opportunities, and provide more local jobs," Mr McCarthy said.
The creation of rural villages aims to respond to increasingly diverse housing, local employment and leisure needs and minimise the impacts of growth on resources, the environment and the amenity of established rural localities.
Proposals in the Rural Villages Discussion Paper include:
- Creating new activity centres and expanding existing ones to increase local facilities, services and employment opportunities for residents;
- Lots ranging in size from 4,000 square metres to 1,000 square metres within activity centres and some larger 'buffer lots' in between to protect the amenity of surrounding residents; and
- Protection of the natural environment, with particular emphasis on the conservation and sustainability of groundwater resources.
Minister Gerry McCarthy said the government is seeking community input into the discussion paper and draft area plans.
The exhibition period for the Discussion Paper is from 11 April to 13 June 2011. More information on the Rural Village Development Discussion Paper is available from the NT Government website at <http://www.growingnt.nt.gov.au/>.