Gunn Point Peninsula

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Introduction

The Northern Territory Planning Commission has started a three-stage planning process to review the land use structure identified for the Gunn Point Peninsula, including the future Murrumujuk Township, and wants to hear the community’s vision for the area.

The sealing of Gunn Point Road and investigations into natural resource management have prompted a review of the land use structure identified by the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan over the Gunn Point Peninsula.

The proposed update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan includes a land use concept for the future township of Murrumujuk and draft planning principles to guide future development opportunities at this location.

There are very few permanent residents within the Gunn Point Peninsula but high levels of visitation for a range of recreational pursuits. Gunn Point Peninsula is a popular recreational area with significant environmental attributes used by fishers, hunters, campers and off-road vehicles .

What is the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan?Image: Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan (2016) excerpt – Litchfield Subregion Land Use Structure Plan  – Download a copy of this plan

Document Cover - Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan 2016

The Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan is a long term plan that provides for urban growth in key locations, supports rural land uses and protects environmental and cultural assets within the Litchfield subregion. The Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan is a policy referenced in the NT Planning Scheme.

Regional and subregional land use planning provide an opportunity for authorities to plan for future infrastructure services such as power water and sewerage for the medium to far term.

The Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan (2016) builds on the overarching direction provided by the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan (2015) to guide the future development of Darwin. Planning for the future of Darwin is informed by population and infrastructure studies with stakeholder and community feedback being a key influence.

The Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan identifies Murrumujuk for urban and peri-urban development and Glyde Point for strategic industry to support a future deep-water port. The LSLUP also identifies extensive areas for conservation, natural space/open areas, agriculture/grazing, and horticulture.

Objectives

The proposed update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan as it relates to Gunn Point Peninsula seeks to:

  • protect the long-term sustainability of groundwater resources within the study area;
  • identify land and principles to support the detailed planning for the Murrumujuk Township at a future time;
  • support rural agricultural and horticultural land uses within the study area that respond to land and groundwater capabilities;
  • respond to cultural, historical and natural assets of the locality;
  • enable sustainable tourism ventures that respond to environmental, cultural and recreational opportunities; and
  • protect the transport and infrastructure corridors required for development on the Gunn Point Peninsula.

View the Discussion Paper PDF (5.9 MB) which outlines what we understand from previous studies and projects, what needs to be considered in updating the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan and an overview of proposed changes.

More detailed information on all the proposed updates to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan can also be found within the Proposed Updates to Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan – Gunn Point Peninsula PDF (3.2 MB) document

The Planing Process

An amendment is being prepared to update the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan. The amendment is being developed over three stages.

Stage One - Complete

This stage involved information gathering and assessment of study area investigations and infrastructure networks.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently completed a comprehensive study to assess and map the biophysical resources of the Gunn Point area under the Mapping the Future program. This included the land and groundwater capabilities as well as flora and fauna surveying.

Visit www.denr.nt.gov.au/developmentopportunities for more information on the Mapping the Future project.

Stage Two - Complete

Stage Two included engagement with the community on the proposed updates to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan. Community input was invited through to Friday 28 August 2020.

This stage included the release of the Discussion Paper and Proposed Updates to Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan – Gunn Point Peninsula for consultation.

NT Planning Commission three stage processStage Three

Feedback from Stage Two will be used by the Planning Commission to finalise the draft updates to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan. The Planning Commission will then recommend that the Minister for Infrastructure Planning include it into the Planning Scheme.

The Minister for Infrastructure Planning and Logistics will consider feedback received during the public exhibition of the draft amendment before making a decision.

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Stage Two consultation has now closed.

During Stage Two consultation the Planning Commission was seeking input from the community and interested parties on the proposed update to the Litchfield Subregional Land Use Plan.

Write to us

Send your feedback and queries to the NT Planning Commission:

  • Send an email to ntpc@nt.gov.au
  • Write to the Planning Commission at:
    • Proposed Update to LSLUP – Gunn Point Peninsula
      NT Planning Commission
      GPO Box 1680
      DARWIN NT 0810

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