Framing the Future

Balanced environment

An environment that:

  • is sustainable
  • balances use with protection
  • is well managed, including urban design and public spaces.

Read the Executive Summary and the full copy of the Balanced Environment Strategy.

Our objectives

Priorities and how the government will make it happen.

Objective 1:

An environment supported by processes that provide opportunities for sustainable use, preservation and protection of the environment through measures that prevent and mitigate environmental impact while maximising opportunity.

  1. Maintain healthy lands and waters: implement management strategies to address particular issues including flood mitigation solutions (Rapid Creek and Rural Lagoons), a stormwater strategy for Darwin Harbour, and a waste strategy for the Territory; biosecurity measures; develop a comprehensive Water Plan for the Territory to address future planning, use and management of water resources for the next 50 years.
  2. Healthy native flora and fauna: promote sustainable and commercial use of native wildlife and develop conservation strategies for specific parks.
  3. Land management: assist land holders in the management of threats (fire, weed, feral animals) to the environment.
  4. Renewable energy: support the development of renewable energy projects to increase the sustainability of the Territory’s electricity supply portfolio.
  5. Water and energy use: promote and facilitate the efficient use of water and energy resources through education, engagement and collaboration across government, industry and the community.
  6. Waste: commitment to waste reduction mechanisms and recycling.
  7. Heritage conservation and Sacred Sites: support the Heritage Council in its work on conserving heritage places and continue the conservation program for government-owned heritage assets. Support private owners in heritage conservation and Aboriginal people in the protection of their Sacred Sites.
  8. Land use and planning: deliver a land release program; develop a Darwin Regional Land Use Plan; finalise the Knuckey and Ironstone Lagoons Area Plan and the Katherine Land Use Plan. Investigate the potential use and development of Berrimah Farm, review the Tennant Creek Land Use Framework and previous studies pertaining to land use in the Alice Springs CBD, and develop an urban densification strategy.
  9. Crocodile management: manage crocodile populations sustainably with a view to public safety.
  10. National Reserve System: support a strong National Reserve System through formal parks and reserves, marine, Indigenous and private protected areas, connecting landscapes through partnerships where possible.

Objective 2:

An environment that is supported by informed decision making and sound management using experts, industry bodies, representative groups, and enables community participation in exploring management options.

  1. Transparent planning and decision-making: streamline the NT Planning Scheme and establish a new fisheries resource sharing framework.
  2. Sound management: co-operatively progress and resolve Native Title and Aboriginal land matters, and strengthen joint management of parks. Review legislation to ensure emerging challenges are met.
  3. Strong working relationships: encourage strong and productive working relationships between Traditional Owners, land holders, communities, special interest groups, industry, Land Councils and local government.

Objective 3:

An environment that is supported through research, information and knowledge.

  1. Sustaining the environment: analyse land, water, flora and fauna information to facilitate sound decision making and responsible management of the environment, to support more efficient and environmentally sound production systems and to identify potential new economic development opportunities. Reduce fossil fuel reliance in remote communities.
  2. Knowledge of our environment: work with Aboriginal elders and custodians to conserve biocultural knowledge of the Territory’s flora and fauna and promote its application in natural resource management. Work closely with researchers, including Charles Darwin University, on environmental research and resource management.

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Last updated: 26 June 2017