Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer Future Secured With IDCO

Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer Future Secured With IDCO

Northern Territory Minister for Lands and Planning David Tollner 

Northern Territory Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins

Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer Secured With Development Control Order

Victor P Taffa

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has made an Interim Development Control Order (IDCO) for the Berry Springs Dolostone Aquifer to ensure the longevity of this valuable water resource.

Lands and Planning Minister David Tollner said the IDCO means that consent must now be sought for any future development within the affected area, including subdivisions.

“Consent will only be considered if it can be confirmed that the development proposed does not rely on groundwater or will not detrimentally impact on the sustainability of the aquifer.” Mr. Tollner said.

“Developments such as shade sails, extensions to existing single dwellings, small sheds and other minor structures remain exempt from the requirement to lodge a development application.”

Water resource risks in Berry Springs are associated with the high number of unregulated users in the area and have been compounded by two back to back poor wet seasons which have reduced recharge of the aquifer.

NT Minister for Lands and Planning David Tollner

NT Minister for Lands and Planning David Tollner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The prohibition on the granting of new bore permits within the Berry Springs area in association with the IDCO will allow time to identify a regulatory and management regime to protect the groundwater resources and the environmental flows that feed Berry Springs and sustain the waterways and habitats of the Territory Wildlife Park.” Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins said.

“The IDCO also accords with the proposed Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan, in that it recognises the need for careful management of water resources in Berry Springs.” Mr. Higgins said.

NT Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins

NT Minister for Land Resource Management Gary Higgins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Giles Government is committed to protecting the established rural lifestyle and the sustainability of our precious water sources in tandem with increasing population in well planned activity centres.”

The NT Government recognises the impact this IDCO has on applications for development that would have been permitted prior to its introduction and fee waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.