Playground precinct at Myilly Point

NT News 9/5/19

Preliminary design plans for a playground precinct at Myilly Point Picture: NT GOVERNMENT

THE NT Government will build a “playground precinct” to replace its planned museum at Myilly Point after scrapping the $50 million project last year.

The government yesterday released a tender to design and build the playground, which will include play equipment, a skating area and an ibisshaped “bin chicken” shade structure.

The new project is listed in the budget papers as coming in at a far more modest $3 million. In calling for expressions of interest, Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler said the new project would “support more than 15 local jobs”.

“We understand how important Myilly Point is for many Territorians and these works aim to complement and enhance the usability of this key public space — providing an attractive family friendly park for all to enjoy,” she said.

Myilly Point includes the site of notorious Aboriginal internment camp the Kahlin Compound.

Ms Lawler said the project would allow for restoration works that would “acknowledge the history and cultural significance of the site”.

Member for Port Darwin Paul Kirby said the park would be welcomed by his constituents.

“As the local member I’ve been pushing for some time to upgrade and activate Myilly Point and it is exciting that the people of Port Darwin and the northern suburbs will soon be able to use the reserve as a space to enjoy fun, recreational activities,” he said.

“This project will provide the local community with an attractive park to enjoy, while still allowing for any iconic Territory statement on the site when the opportunity presents.”

A tentative design was released with the tender but Ms Lawler said that could change at the successful bidder.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September with the playground to be operation by February next year.

Drawing 1


Government offered council up to $5m for Anzac Oval

From Alice Springs News earlier this year


Treasurer Nicole Manison offered the Alice Springs Town Council up to $5m for Anzac Oval but this is likely to be withdrawn because Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced “consideration will need to be given to the future” of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery for which the oval was needed.

Ms Manison has not responded to a request yesterday from the Alice Springs News Online for information about her negotiations with the council but we have learned that her letter to the council contained the following:-

“The land has a current compensation value of $3.6m comprising of the land value and disturbance costs.

“Alice Springs Town Council could propose compensation for acquiring Lot 678 (the Anzac Oval) that could be in the form of a land exchange, monetary payment, provision of infrastructure works, or a combination of these options, that would enable the council to deliver further priority projects for the people of Alice Springs.

“Government would be willing to negotiate the above compensation value for the fair purchase of the site up to the total value of $5m,” Ms Manison wrote.

“This would be conditional o the [council] utilising the additional funds over and above the compensation value for projects that would activate the CBD.

“Activation projects may include infrastructure that links to the Anzac precinct such as walkways and lighting, or other agreed projects that would directly benefit the people of Alice Springs …

“In addition to the above government will fund the construction of a new rugby facility.”

Meanwhile Mayor Damien Ryan has not responded to questions from the News about the possible cancellation of the gallery project.

We emailed him early this morning: “The 10 signatories of the letter rejecting the Anzac precinct site have made it clear they are supporting the concept of the gallery in Alice Springs, just not in that location.

Pit on Asti Motel site

Too many times, too many times


Three towersLike the lyric from the classic Australian band Mental as Anything the Asti Motel site continues to haunt the residents of Larrakeyah.

Joondanna Investments Pty Limited have applied via Northern Planning Consultants Pty Ltd to develop the Asti Motel Site in Larrakeyah. The public comment period closes 3 May 2019.

The documents are here, note this link will disappear after that time:

To actually submit or review current development applications this is the link:

When read the submission relies heavily on previous approvals which were carried out up to six years ago.

This development should be rejected based on the following points:

  • Planning Scheme omissions

The Northern Territory Planning Scheme

Part 2 Section 4.0 Planning and Principles Framework

The interpretation of this Planning Scheme and the determinations of a consent authority must have regard to the planning principles and the relevant framework drawings (as may be the case) contained in this Part and ensure that a use or development or proposed use or development is consistent with them

4.1 (e) promote urban/ building design which is climatically appropriate, water and energy efficient and contributes to the existing and future character and appearance of an area;

4.1 (a) ii the appropriate integration of new residential development taking account of the lifestyle and character of established areas; 

4.1 (f) ensuring amenity is enhanced as a result of development

4.2 (e) ... contribute to the amenity enjoyed by residents ...

 These buildings degrade the surrounding area by being out of character with existing buildings and open space.

3.0 Definitions “amenity” in relation to a locality or building, means any quality, condition or factor that makes or contributes to making the locality or building harmonious, pleasant or enjoyable;

This application has not addressed amenity.

  • Redundant waivers

The submission relies on previous waivers. None of those waivers have any currency due to having expired.

  • Traffic

No current traffic impact assessment has been carried out. The last assessment was done in 2014. Combined with the car parking shortfall the local streets of Packard Place and Montoro Court could have an additional 240 cars traversing them day and night. The affected streets are not wide enough for two cars to park and one car to traverse. Already there is overflow parking on these streets from existing residential properties. A possible solution is to one way traffic in and out of the site.

NOTE: There are many examples of street bottle necking available in Darwin after years of development waivers.

  • Building height.

Larrakeyah is not Central Business and building height should stay appropriate to the zoning. The application advises that building outside of zone limits are a positive factor. By requesting buildings higher than the original site surrounding properties are to loose significant amenity through the change of building height and density. The limit in the area is 8 storeys which these buildings clearly are not.

  • Compatible with surrounding use.

The submission uses the proximity to the CBD as rational for the size and density of the use. As noted in the submission Larrakeyah and this site are NOT in the CBD. No waiver should be applied for being near a zone.

  • Car parking

The submission notes that it will be 22 car parks short. The addition of these cars into the surrounding area is clearly adding to the dangerous amount of cars that use Smith Street and surrounding streets. The current crop of tall apartments have overflow parking issues currently. Allowing a developer to contribute to that problem is an impost on the residents. Again the submission uses the fallacy that if the site was in Central Business the parking rules would be different. It is clear that claiming that the local street network could accommodate more overflow parking shows that no recent study of the area has been carried out. They are relying on the 2013 approvals for this logic. Since than some tall building have gone in close to the site.

  • Setback

Previously the setback requirement for the building adjacent to Smith Street has been waived three times. Modern design principals frown on the reduction of amenity by building up to the street verge. Darwin now has many sections of street paths with multi story solid walls, no awnings or street planting. Larrakeyah in particular is seeing an increase.

  • Intent

To date this site has been a construction site for 6 years. During that time some work was done on remediation of the site being that the pit has some fill. Applying for rolling development approvals has seriously degraded the amenity of the location and Smith Street which is a primary link down the spine of the city has had an eye sore for many years. 

  • Open Space

With the future of the Old Hospital site uncertain it would be appropriate for this site to have open park space.

  •  Design Quality

Recently the standards required by NSW apartment guidelines have been accepted into discussion on acceptable development in the Northern Territory This submission falls low on such a measure of quality. In short this submission fails to deliver better quality design for buildings that respond appropriately to the character of the area, landscape setting and surrounding built form.














Behind paywall

Safety fenceTHE old Asti Motel site in Darwin will be transformed to a two-storey public housing development, aiming to help alleviate the Territory’s significant housing problems.

The $40 million project will be headed by developer Peter La Pira of Joondana Investments — the owners of the Palmerston Shopping Centre.

Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy said “social housing head leasing aims to increase the number of public housing options available to low-income Territorians, seniors and people living with a disability — stock that currently does not exist”.

“Currently, one bedroom and three-bedroom homes are our highest in demand,” he said.

“This build will deliver a number of one-bedroom units to address the wait list and allow for single tenants living in large homes to downsize to their needs — freeing up larger houses for Territory families.”


Nick Kirlew



Closing today is the Darwin Area Plan Stage 2


Please see below from Margaret, closing today is the Central Darwin Area Plan.

There is a survey here you can fill out: OR we recommend an email directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please consider what you have learnt from previous government efforts in the city. As usual it is just common sense that is required …

This is closing today, so please get your skates on.


Nick Kirlew


Dear Friends,

Here we are again, on the last day another 'NTG Have Your Say Consultation’. It is due to go in to the NT Planning Commission. 

My aim here has been toastier quickly as possible provide what I see as an overview of the CDAP proposal, and suggest some possible comments and questions you might  possibly choose from if you are submitting today, or over the weekend.

Email any submissions to:  ’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view’. Hope this helps !


This one is called the Central Darwin Area Plan Stage 2, and it is very important  as a proposed framework for the  future planning of Central Darwin, or the CBD, and the area around it.

The information, and earlier versions are to be found on the internet at :  'NT Planning Commission’ in the section headed 'Central Darwin Area Plan’. 

In this we are being asked to look and comment upon   the DRAFT CENTRAL AREA PLAN (22.1mb)-62 pages, and as background the DRAFT NEEDS ASSESSMENT.


As you probably know the NT Planning Commission has, for there last few years been busy preparing AREA PLANS as future models for various areas of the NT.

What it has not told you is that these are indicative and not binding. However, developers and sometimes the DCA seem to count them as gospel, and this has caused a lot of headaches for the community. 

This is because their central core is based on commercial activity centres and how to render them viable with adjacent denser residential clusters. This is the essential pattern.


Another important factor in tis CDAP is that it is dominated by the COMPACT POLICY of development imposed upon us by David Tollner as Planning Minister in the dying days of the CLP Government.

This is a southern cities policy crowding populations close to activity centres, theoretically to avoid the urban sprawl issues that cause worrisome problem. In the southern capitals, but not here in our open tropical frontier.

Obviously this is commercially beneficial for developers, but … is it the right thing here ?


These documents are well set out, with introductions and maps, explaining various planning themes as they apply to the central area covered, and then addressing what are identified as parts of the centre area overdue for change, as FOCUS points.

This is quite informative, with issues such as heat addressed.  The Draft Central Area plan document consists of 62 pages, including FOCUS POINTS.  

The idea is that comments coming in at this round will be considered in the draft, and then the new document will be recommended to the Minister to be endorsed through the NT Planning Commission processes. This of course will have serious implications for the future of Darwin.


The problem about simply supporting this Draft Central Darwin Area Plan is that it reads like a fairy story, and that everything will come out well for us.

The history of the last twenty five years shows that we cannot expect it to come out rosy in terms of planning for the community, because it has never has in the past.

That is why we need to make some relevant points and questions now as strongly as possible. These are but a few of the concerned.



6.1        What future year is the CDAP based upon for its fruition?

6.2       The commentary offered by the CDAP is too reassuring when compared with what has happened in the past.

6.3       Where is there a wholesome support for heritage? Historically this is not true. How would the planners achieve this counter to NTG policy in the CBD?

6.4        Aboriginal sympathies are indicated theoretically, but not in the case of One Mile Dam

6.5       Why did the planning team not meet with the residents of One Mile Dam.

6.6       Where are the extra parks to support the accelerated population growth envisaged by this CDAP. Car parks with trees are not walkable parks.

6.7       Why has green space been lost in the building of Barneson Boulevard? What benefit is there?

6.8       When and how will the devastation caused by the construction of Barneson Boulevard be eradicated.

6.9       There are inconsistencies between various parts of the document, eg. The broad descriptions of the PO site as generally educational and civic when elsewhere

A Council Chamber indicated without its name being exposed.

6.10     The artist's impressions all over Central Darwin illustrations cause great concern 


6.11     Pediments and greening buildings does nothing to improve urban design at a street level.

6.12 There is no substitute for a living environment. What barriers will be established for no more loss of living environment?

6.13     There are too many options listed for the land uses of many of the FOCUS  sites, like the Tank Farm eg. Sport and residential. Options are too open.

6.14     Specific use development zones should be avoided.

6.15     Mixed use zoning has been overused

6.16 One CDAP for the whole are is not sufficient.   There are areas of different character

6.17     Use of foreshores by the public must be protected.

6.18     Flag Staff Park at the end of Myilly Point is zoned for the public. In the media it was promised to the public by Chief Minister Clare Martin when she was elected.          

6.19     There should be no housing on the Old Hospital site.  The public has waited a generation.  

6.20     The existing Area Plan at the Waterfront should be honoured that so that there is a public park on the foreshore in front of the Luxury Hotel, not just access.

6.21     Heritage listed Hughes Avenue and Goyder Park should not be overlooked by an unnecessary Sky Walk.

6.22 Little Mindil should come back to the people as an open space. It was never intended for development.

6.23     The public must be consulted before any significant new developments are progressed.

6.24     There should be no building in front of the Darwin Escarpment at the Waterfront because it spoils the image of Darwin as cruise ships arrive.

6.25  CBD buildings should have setbacks at street level.

6.26  Buildings in Smith Street should be made to honour setbacks consistent with Marrakai.

6.27     As the public was not involved in the City Deal arrangements, it is not implicit that these proposed developments have their approval.

6.28     Work should be initiated to improve the entrance to Darwin along the Stuart Highway.

6.29     The Botanic Gardens should be expended, and THE Gardens conflicts resolved.

6.30 The NT Planning Scheme COMPACT POLICY should be suspended in view of the current population changes.

6.31 Affordable Housing should be initiated in the core CBD

6.32     Work should begin on consolidating small lots in the Core CBD with absentee landlords. 

Ban fracking rally at Parliament House at 12 noon on Sunday, February 10th

Dear PLan friends, 

Protect NT Incorporated invite you to join us for a ban fracking rally at Parliament House at 12 noon on Sunday, February 10th.

Protect NT is an independent community group that was incorporated last September by Territorians determined to protect our land, water, climate and lifestyle. We consider onshore shale oil and gas fracking to be one of the greatest risks the NT currently faces and are determined to see it permanently banned.

The Northern Territory Legislative Assembly will be having their first sittings on February 12th. The last rally to ban fracking was almost a year ago, so it’s past time to remind our MLA’s that Territorians still want fracking banned in the NT. This rally will be the first of many actions planned by Protect NT Inc for 2019.

We would be grateful if you could please let your members, supporters and networks know about the rally. We need a strong start the year if we are to ban fracking before drilling resumes in mid-2019. 

For more information, contact me or visit our Facebook event here: 

Kind Regards,

Pauline Cass

Protect NT Inc

Ph.  0438686144

Lee Point

Development of Muirhead North by DHA - Lee Point


Dear Friends,


1.         Over the years the DHA has been developing Lee Point, successively working northwards, first with Lyons, and then with Muirhead.  It is now  in the process of developing the last available northern parts, on either side of Lee Point Road.

2.         DHA is an agency of the Commonwealth Department of Defence, and its brief is to build housing for defence families who are stationed in various bases around Australia.

3.         It is a major developer on the Darwin scene, but uses its  own guidelines. These  are not always seen as suitable  for sustainable  tropical living. 

For instance, DHA is responsible for the demolition  of hundreds of naturally breeze  cooled louvred elevated  houses on the RAAF land  at Winnellie.

4.         The current NT Planning Notices at '’, or Search 'Development applications on line’, includes a copy of the current DHA application  (yellow shading ) for new development at Muirhead North ( blank at Lot 9730), above the already developed part of Muirhead.

  It is reproduced here, and below the long established Morandini Caravan and Camping Resort. This  copy here is not an active copy. The  total application does not need to be studied in all aspects.


Muirhead North 1

[View Proposal][Make Submission]


Lot 09370 Town of Nightcliff

Town Planning Zone:

FD (Future Development)

Description of Proposal:

Subdivision to create 283 lots in five stages

Consent Authority:

Development Consent Authority (Darwin Division)

Exhibition period:

Friday, 26 October 2018 - 12 Midnight Friday, 09 November 2018


Northern Planning Consultants Pty Ltd


5.  What we think may concern many Darwin residents is the number, and proposed size of the lots. This is why we are drawing it to your attention urgently.

Map of proposed Muirhead North development covering 51.17 hectares in total.  The colours are for differentiation but are  not formal zones.

The sizes are as follows:

5.1     Lots 4000 square metres (sm's), and larger (biting insects at Leanyer Swamp)) = 32 lots, or 12% of total lots.

5.2     Lots 600 -700sm = 62 lots, or 24% of total lots.

5.3     Lots 540 - 599sm = 56 lots, or 22% of total lots.

5.4   Lots 450 - 539sm = 110 lots, or 42%  of  total lots.

This  means that 64% of these residential lots  would be less than 599sm, with the most available homes being   just 450-539sm.




51.17 ha







6.       We are extremely concerned about the suitability of these small lots for living in the tropics. There are examples of similar homes now being built on the RAAF base where you can see them crowded together, with almost no back gardens at all. Simply speaking, they are just not suitable for tropical suburbs. 

As the long term future of Darwin and its families is involved we should not be limited to DHA’s first thoughts for layout in the  ‘exploitation' of these rare pieces of remaining good suburban land.

They are very close together. The ‘building envelopes' provide very little space between the actual houses, and between the houses and their fences, so that there is virtually no space for  trees for natural shade. No room on the lot for a boat, and very little for a barbecue with family or neighbours. Where will the children play ? Not in the street either. Street trees lining roads do not shade homes.

We are told by DHA staff  that these houses must have air-conditioning to every room, making for dependence on artificial cooling, and a big added pull on Darwin's electrical generation. These are ‘solid houses’.  We cannot asses ‘orientation, but the overall  layout appears to limit it severely. With dependence on public transport, the roads look narrow. What about garbage trucks and deliveries.

During Prince Harry’s recent visit, we have heard a lot about PSTD, amongst defence personnel.  Small house lots cannot provide separation and space when individuals, spouses,  and children families need it for  their mental health.  Also there is nowhere for a wife to keep a guard dog, or house a big boat.  There are no front fences, so that the front gardens can be enjoyed for relaxation. 


Submissions become part of the public record, and are be considered by the Development Consent Authority (DCA). Anyone in the public can attend a DCA Hearing. But submitters have a right to speak.

There are several ways of making a submission in your own words, including your points, and name and address, and make a copy of it to keep.

7.1    An easy way  is to  go into the live online NT Planning Notices  (') above, and  send it by clicking   ‘Make Submission’ at the bottom the relevant online map.

7.2     Another is to compose a submission to  The Director, Development Assessment Services, and send it by email to: 

                                                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.’    OR.   ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'

7.3     If you are submitting a hard copy, it must be posted in time to: 

                                        The Director, 

                                        Development Assessment Services,

                                        Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics,

                                        GPO Box 1680,

                                                                        Darwin, NT 0801

7.4      OR Hand deliver  by 4pm on 9 November, 2018 to the counter at the First Floor, Energy House, 18-20 Cavenagh Street, Darwin.


It is important that  many people now  make submissions, however short,  on this application for the subdivision of lots at Muirhead North, as outlined above.  

This is especially important because, when the parallel  DHA subdivision application for  the over 500 lots, on 132 hectares,  on  the sea side of Lee Point Road, was public exhibited last year,  from 1 December to 15 December, 2017, that it is at Darwin’s holiday time,  only one submission was received. 

We need your help to demonstrate that people are committed to consultation, and that their views need to be heard and taken seriously.,   

It is PLan’s view that the application for the  first subdivision (2CRU) must  be re-exhibited to allow a proper consultation processes.  The public is currently unaware of major issues there. 

DHA has kept the development quiet.

The 2CRU site has additional considerations to be addressed in relation to the land clearing, the impact on Casuarina Coastal Coastal Reserve, the proposed 2X12 storey buildings in a tourist precinct, and the need, or otherwise for a neighbourhood development.  This is a beautiful piece of land which demands respect if it is to be cleared.

Perhaps you will agree that the ‘forgotten application' should be re-exhibited  in the first half of  2019.  Many cannot see the current Darwin  urgency for the development of 700 new lots at Lee Point, and that it may be better to have an attitude to wait and see.

Please consider this issue seriously.



PLan: the Planning Action Network, Inc

Muirhead North

Lee Point Clearing!


Dear Editor

Why does bushland have to be cleared when the Property Council of the NT’s ‘accurate’ assessment of vacant residential land found ‘more than 5,300 blocks’ likely to be available (NT News September 19, 2018)? 500 of these residential lots will be created when the bush opposite Lee Point Resort is cleared by Defence Housing.

Defence Housing’s Environmental Impact Statement says they will build ‘much needed affordable housing’. How can it be ‘much needed’ when the Property Council says we are in ‘heavy over-supply’?

This part of Lee Point is currently not a home for people, but it’s far from vacant. It is home to many native animals and birds. Endangered Black-footed Tree-Rats den in the hollows of the big trees. Next door to the proposed suburb are migratory birds, just back from the Arctic Circle feeding on the beaches. Red-tailed Black Cockatoos use the trees for roosts and food. Why displace these creatures and this bush, when we clearly don’t need more land for houses?

There is an over-supply of places for people to live, but animals and birds are losing habitat every day. How about building on truly vacant land, then and only then clearing some of what’s left?

Yours sincerely

Deborah Hall

24 September, 2018

PLanning Bazaar

PLanning Bazaar

You are invited to hear from real people who are tackling the issues facing the Territory today.

Community activists and organisations bring you updates and stories.

PLan: the PLanning Action Network hosts a talk fest at Jervois Park, Jervois Road, Darwin.

Next to the Deck Chair Cinema.

Sunday 23rd September 2018 4pm - 5pm

$100 Door Prize - drawn on the day!

Food for the mind, bring your own tucker and a chair.

For more details see the PLan website: or call Nick Kirlew 0447 499 794.

Planning Bazaar V4

PLanning Bazaar II

PLanning Bazaar  II

You are invited to hear from real people who are tackling the issues facing the Territory today.

Community activists and organisations bring you updates and stories.

PLan: the PLanning Action Network hosts a talk fest at Bagot Park, Old McMillans Road, Millner.

Sunday 24th March 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm

$100 Door Prize - drawn on the day!

Food for the mind, bring your own tucker and a chair.

For more details see the PLan website: or call Nick Kirlew 0447 499 794.

Planning Bazaar II V1 FB

7 Brinkin Terrace

Exceptional Development Permit application for a Dual Occupancy

URGENT CALL OUT Closing Date midnight Friday, 24 August, 2018 - more details below.


1.     At present there is, on the internet, on the 'NT Planning Notices/development applications online' an Exceptional Development Application (EDP).

This is to allow a second building, and a subdivision, on an SD (Single dwelling zoned lot, and would not normally be allowed. This is Brinkin Lot 8857, at 7 Brinkin Terrace. The present size of the lot is 1200sm. Thus the subdivision would be a ‘dual occupancy’ resulting in two 600sm lots.  

2.    Planning is based on zoning, using appropriate types of land for particular uses.  Zones have different colours on maps. Compatible uses are arranged close to one another, and vice versa. Land ‘lots' vary in size with their intended appropriate uses.

3.    Brinkin is a respected, well planned and established suburb, with a range of residential uses separated into different sections.   

This application is to subdivide one of the largest standard lots (1200sm) near the foreshore. Here big impressive homes and gardens are characteristic.

4.1    'The NT Planning Scheme  at Clause 5.1 (1) states that the primary purpose of Zone SD is to provide single dwellings on individual lots.’ ...

[Note: 'Undefined uses are prohibited in this zone.’]

4.2    The lots in this part of Brinkin being of a similar size - over 1000sm, to cut one in half, and build on it  would change the character of this part of the suburb.

4.3    Most SD’s in the whole Northern Suburbs are 800sm, or more.

4.4    One subdivision/dual occupancy here would start a precedent on similar lots which is not supported by the NT Planning Scheme, and does not have its endorsement. This could ultimately cause difficulties with infrastructure, and social impact.

4.5    The application is not in the public interest. Except for the immediate neighbours who were asked directly for their support, many do not support the proposed subdivision believing the lots would be too small for their environment. This is shown by the advertising signs on nearby homes.

Their signs say:    "LET US PRESERVE WHAT WE HAVE"

4.6    It is often said that planning should provide certainty. This is spot rezoning which does not fit any standard model - two anomalies.

4.7    Approving the application would almost certainly lower property values on Brinkin Terrace and Kuru Court.  Since Brinkin is regarded as one of the best real estate ‘locations' in Darwin, a similar response could be expected with such densification of lots, in Hibernia, and/or Claymore.

4.8     Big established gardens and space, particularly handsome large front setbacks, contribute much to the impressive streetscape, character and amenity of Brinkin. In contrast at no. 7, the streetscape and the two lots would be crowded.

4.9    It is expected that the amenity in the adjacent lot in rear, on Claymore would be adversely affected.

4.10     SD’s are usually presumed to be family homes.  If there is to be rented commercially to several entities, difficulties with parking can be expected. Especially if there is provision only for no more than two off road parking spaces for each of the two SD’s.

4.11    Many local residents are not happy with how the application might affect them.

4.12    PLEASE NOTE: The NT Planning Scheme does not support ' Dual Occupancy ‘ as type of development.

[After a period for public consideration under an Interim Order by Minister Manison, NT Planning Scheme Amendment 483 of 6.10.2017, was issued. It deleted the provisions that would have allowed dual occupancy on Zone SD (Single Dwelling residential) lots.]  

5.    Submitting information

Closing Date Midnight Friday, 24 August, 2018

For personal emails use a pdf, and address to:

The Manager,
Urban Planning,
Development Assessment Services
'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR if you prefer it:

The full details of the application  Exceptional Development Application(EDP) are at 'NT Planning Notices/development applications online’  with a download.

There is a place there to submit your submission electronically, but it is a good idea to copy it before you send it.

Planning Act Amendment put up by Planning Minister Tollner on the last day of the Giles Parliament

Attachment below is a copy of a Letter to the Leader of the Opposition. This amendment gives the NT Planning Commission power over the NT Planning Scheme, and reduces the public and local government's right to comment on proposed changes.

pdfPlanning Act Amendment 2016

Below is Plan's media release after the bill was passed. This was passed on the last day of the Parliament, in spite of being opposed by the Opposition.


Help Save the Gardens Suburb Community

The Gardens is a small suburb almost hidden between the Botanic Gardens and the Stuart Highway. A tight nit community has chosen to live here, supposedly out of harms way. They are now literally campaigning to save their community from destruction by high rise development. On Saturday 30 August, about 100 of them rallied close to the proposed site. Lot 7820 is at the corner of Blake Street and Gardens Hill Crescent (look it up in a directory if you don't know where).

A yellow sign alerted them to a Planning Notice for the following:

To rezone Lot 7820 Town of Darwin (4 Blake Street from Zone CP(Community Purpose) to a Specific Use Zone

This means there has been an application for a lot officially zoned for a community use to be rezoned for the construction of a development. In this case, the ultimate objective is to build two nine storey apartment buildings which would be totally out of character with the suburban area. It has a mix single detached dwellings, and modest one to two storey town houses, perhaps with the odd three storey.

Full details of the proposal, and how to object, are under 'Details of Proposed Planning Scheme Amendments'.on the internet at 'NT Planning Notices', or 'One Stop Shop NT'.

Closing date for objections is 12 September 2014

The decision is to be made by the minister for Planning after a hearing by the Development Consent Authority at which all objectors can attend and speak.  Local residents are objecting strongly to the prospect of Community Purposes land being taken for development, and see this as the 'thin end of the wedge' for the complete destruction of their much loved suburb and community which they have invested in, and call home.

THE GARDENS COMMUNITY would welcome more objections based focussed on the use of Community Purposes zoned land for residential densification. (See also more details below).

There is a email address for supporters to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please download/print out the following document:


EIS about the new Fighter Aircraft due soon in the Top End

The new Australian Fighter Aircraft will be the F35A LIGHTNING II.  Details of the Environmental Impact Statement(EIS), other relevant information, and comments will be at

Pitch Black Air Exercises 2014

There will be aircraft noise during  PITCH BLACK quite separately.  This has a major disrupting effect on parts of Darwin, which  affected people may want to minimise. People have asked at least for a timetable, and monitors at various parts of Darwin to record sound levels.

Complaints may be made to the Air Services website.

Reports about  all types of air noise complaints can be found here. Very few complaints have so far come from Darwin.

Draft Darwin Regional Land Use Plan

The NT Planning Commission now has on exhibition a copy of the  Draft Darwin Regional Land Use. This is the next stage on from the Towards a Darwin Regional land Use PLan, and is supposed to reflect the consultation on that document. The plan is the big picture future plan. The Commissioner Gary Nairn has commented that the plan does not look very different, but the noters with it contain a lot of information for consideration.

The Draft can be downloaded from:

If you cannot download, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request a hard copy or USB.

There are big changes proposed, so please have your say, particularly Do not dam the Elizabeth River.



Old Hospital Site (Myilly Point) Draft Proposal

The Northern Territory Government, via the NT PLanning Commission, has at last put together a draft proposal about the OLD HOSPITAL SITE/MYILLY POINT/FLAGSTAFF PARK/KAHLIN.

Unfortunately it proposes that over 60% of the land would be taken up by residential development  'to pay for' making green open space available.  Not really appropriate when it is all crown land which we already own, and support through out taxes.   I do not know where our  government's have got this concept of charging us twice for what is ours, and what has been neglected for years. (The ALP had proposed a 20% to 80% public balance, which was bad enough).


View the concept plan here

More useful details for members who want to express an opinion to the NTG by the cut off date 11 June, 2014, will find more detailed information at  Territory Planning Commission

Feel free to make your own posted submission if you want to say more than the online response seems to allow. Your opinion is important.

Proposed Nightcliff Foreshore Cafe/Restaurant

After a long delay, City of Darwin finally announced its consultation on the idea of building a Cafe/Restaurant on the Nightcliff Foreshore near the Nightcliff Swimming pool.

Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim made it quite clear on ABC TV News (25.3.2013) that those who are totally against any such building here on the foreshore headland, that is who are for the 'status quo', can say so now, in the consultation process.

The attachment below from the C of D website provides an outline of the situation.

rtfNightcliff ForeshoreCafe/Restaurant

There is additional information on the C of D website which you can find by searching 'Nightcliff Foreshore Consultation'.

Council's online survey has great detail about preferring one of the two optional buildings, but there is nowhere you can state you are against any buildings at all in this location.

The consultation will close at 5pm on 6 May, 2013.


For further information please contact the City of Darwin, Anna Malgorzewicz, Senior Community Engagement Officer on (08) 8930 0404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


After two people searched unsuccessfully to find within the 'consultation survey, a place to vote for the 'status quo' , that is, NO CAFE/RESTAURANT, a call was made to Council.


Just check carefully, as the rest of the 'consultation survey' is about the two built options.

Please note that this survey is for anyone who cares, not just the residents of Nightcliff.

The consultation survey is on the main City of Darwin website. Just wait for the Nightcliff Foreshore feature as it roll around onto the screen.


This proposal has been put together by a group of Nightcliff residents calling themselves Friends of Nightcliff. The group includes Simon Scally an architect and Marisa Fontes a landscape architect and other community members.

Like many of us, they do not want a restaurant, but  love the Nightcliff foreshore for relaxation. They see this time of focus as the occasion to improve the Nightcliff Headland for the enjoyment of all residents and ratepayers. The greatest urge seems to be for a cafe/coffee shop, rather than a restaurant. 

The  main suggestion is to improve safety and landscaping on the area and improving the pool infrastructure, modernising it, and tucking a cafe into the  end of the refurbished pool building. There would be no 250sm+ $1.5 million+ restaurant on the headland, on the eroding cliffs.. Other costs would need more carefully managed.

A major feature would be the re-routing of the walking/running circuit around to the sea side of the pool, away from Casuarina Drive, and the car parks. This would eliminate clashes between cars and pedestrians.

Here is the Masterplan, with key references shown below on the map. PLan suggests you may wish  to vote NO at question 6, on the Council Survey,  and instead support some of these ideas for improving the precinct. for everyone. Voting NO leaves the options open.

pdfNightcliff Pool Precinct Masterplan

Margaret Clinch
Convener Plan

Palmerston CBD Masterplan

Palmerston City Council is exhibiting a draft Masterplan for their CBD for comment and consultation.

The coloured draft masterplan brochure is NOW on display at

The link is on the main website page, and all pages can be opened and viewed.

Details are given about the consultation process.

Greater Darwin Plan Scuttles the Darwin Town Plan Values - A Densification Bulldozer

On the morning of 1 March, 2012, Chief Minister Paul Henderson announced his Greater Darwin PLan for our beautiful tropical city by one of the best natural harbours in the world. It introduces chaos, and leaves residents living in uncertainty.

Largely as a result of having attracted INPEX LNG Plant here, the Northern Territory Government (NTG) expects Darwin to grow at an exponential rate. We have already been experiencing housing shortages, with unaffordable rents and home prices. However, this is not the answer Darwin residents need, or can tolerate.

Our old Darwin Town Plan set the minimum size for the single dwelling (SD) house lot in Darwin at 800 square metres for tropical living.

The NTPS also lists this as a minimum size lot for a house. This size was a step down from earlier minimums of 1000 square metres and 1200 square metres still much sought appreciated in suburbs like Nightcliff.

Most of Darwin was planned in the days of the Commonwealth administration, up to 1978.

The Northern Territory Planning Scheme (NTPS) was introduced in 2007, supposedly to have Territory wide uniform effect. Since that time, it has been amended over 200 times. Its greatest impact has been through through special conditions (SU's) for suburban developers.

New housing in Palmerston was on much smaller lots. than in Darwin. The NTG had become dependent on developers for new suburbs, IT agreed to smaller lots for projects oh more than 50 homes. That later spread to Lyons and now Muirhead.

Planning means planning for appropriate uses in appropriate places and relationships. Needed are areas for various types of residential, commercial, industrial, community uses, such as schools, tertiary education, aged care, hospitals, libraries, museums, community centres, child care centres, youth drop ins, etc., and parks for sport and recreation, and environmental conservation. Infrastructure is essential, and planning must respect land capability constrains such as water supplies and storm surge.

Darwin suburbs each have their own character. People choose the amenity of the place where they purchase or live.

The Henderson Greater Darwin Plan brings home the insecurity thrust this year on rural dwellers, to your own suburb.

We have already seen a series of spot rezonings for multiple dwellings and apartment blocks. Now we face dual occupancy before its ramifications have been thought out.

Your way of life would be destroyed if two or three neighbours go for dual occupancies for profit in this plan, or if there is a deceased estate. Trees and gardens are at risk, as is tropical design, as houses closer together will need airconditioning.

We have already seen rezonings of Community Purposes land for residential projects, as by Charles Darwin University at Palmerston. Exceptional Development Permit (EDP) applications have become the rage, In Conigrave Street, Fannie Bay, the NTG has already approved an EDP for two four bedroom houses side by side on one lot, despite objections.

Strange that Department of Planning staff assert that such changes based on policy, some of which predate actual amendments to the NTPS, will not increase density, nor affect the amenity of particular suburbs, precincts or neighbourhoods.

This is not good planning.


For more information, visit our Shop 23 in the Rapid Creek Business Village in Trower Road, Rapid Creek.

We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-5 pm. In addition, we will also be open on Sunday, March 4 and 11 12noon-3pm to discuss these issues.


pdfGreater Darwin Plan (Full Version)

pdfGreater Darwin Plan (Stakeholders Version)

Urgency to densify the suburbs of Darwin

In unseemly urgency to densify the suburbs of Darwin, the Northern Territory Government wants to undermine rules of the Northern Territory Planning Scheme (NTPS)-again. This time the catchword is 'DUAL OCCUPANCY'

The idea is to amend the rules so t that the Development Consent Authority (DCA) could consent to two houses on any single lot zoned for a SD(Single Dwelling). That is if it is at least 1000 square metres in area. This, it seems, could be ANYWHERE in an ordinary residential suburb. There goes choice and certainty. THIS WOULD BE IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE MINIMUM LOT SIZE FOR AN SD LOT IS 800 SQUARE METRES. THIS WOULD MAKE A NONESENSE OF THE NTPS.

Some may welcome the opportunity. However, the impact on the community and its tropical lifestyle could be greatly negative. This is densification of our tropical lifestyle by stealth.

The attachment below contains the details of the proposal - and I feel sure this is a real planning amendment, not a review. HOWEVER YOU ARE INVITED TO COMMENT. THE QUICKEST WAY IS TO SUBMIT A COMMENT IS BY EMAIL (via 'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.')

Address it to: Strategic Planning, Department of Planning.

Identify ' Planning Amendment 2011/0935' DUAL OCCUPANCY'

Provide your name, address and contact, and list of your reasons against having two houses in each of your neighbour's back yards.

These might include perhaps loss of privacy, loss of gardens, noise, smells,cutting off of shade and breezes, more traffic, and strained infrastructure services.

Then there is possible loss of house values, and perhaps higher council rates because of your lot's new development potential.


Home Ownership Risk

Your home ownership may be at risk in the future if you’re the owner of a strata titled unit.  See the Unit titles Scheme.

S15 Termination by resolution

A scheme may be terminated if:

  1. the body corporate of the scheme decides to terminate the scheme by a unanimous resolution; or
  2. all of the following conditions are satisfied:
    1. this paragraph applies under the management module;
    2. the scheme has existed for at least 20 years after the commencement of this Act (May 2009)
    3. the body corporate of the scheme decides to terminate the scheme by a resolution prescribed by regulation that is supported by unit owners holding at least 90% of the total interest entitlements.

The Property Council would like to reduce that to 75%.  pdfRead more

  • 1
  • 2

Our Location

Our valued volunteers man the office Thursday afternoon between 1pm and 5.30pm. We are located at 26B/16 Charlton Crt, Woolner.


Post: GPO Box 2513, Darwin, NT, 0801
Phone: 08 8927 1999
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.