Northern Territory Opposition Leader Terry Mills
Certainty For Planning-Certainty For Growth
Victor P Taffa
Secretive back-room planning deals encouraged by the Labor Party will be a thing of the past under a Country Liberals Government.
Opposition Leader, Terry Mills, said the Country Liberals will ensure increased community involvement and more transparent planning processes if they form the next Government after August 25th.
Mr. Mills said a Country Liberals Government will divide the Lands and Planning Ministry into two separate entities:
- Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment
- Department of Land Resource Management
“Among the objectives of the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment will be to ensure a clear separation between strategic planning and development control and that there is balanced decision making in relation to environmental and sustainable development assessment.” Mr. Mills said.
“The Department of Land Resource Management will ensure that all functions related to the management of natural land resources are administered from a single department.”
“There must be balanced decision making in relation to environmental and sustainable development assessment including agricultural and pastoral land development.”
“The Country Liberals will ensure there is community participation at the front end of development proposals to resolve issues such as traffic management before development consent is given.”
Mr. Mills has given more detail about the make-up of the proposed Northern Territory Planning Commission.
The permanent composition of the Planning Commission board will include, but not be limited to:
- A representative from the Environment Protection Authority
- A representative from the Development Consent Authority
- The Chair of the Heritage Advisory Council
- A non-elected representative from Local Government
“The role of the Development Consent Authority will remain unchanged, although projects of a particularly large or sensitive nature will be first referred to the Planning Commission.” Mr. Mills said.