Planning for Industry
Places with experience in gas industries share some common learnings. People in these regions, for example the east coast of Australia or in Pennsylvania, often talk about missed opportunities to better plan and prepare as their industry started and grew. In the Northern Territory, we have the unique advantage of realising that we are at the beginning of an industry that has vast potential in our region.
We will work with industry and stakeholders, to acknowledge learnings from other regions where issues are the same, and get our planning right in the Northern Territory.
Firstly, we must use our existing knowledge and new knowledge derived from any SREBA processes to effectively manage competing land interests and put no-go zones in place to protect areas of high value.
Identifying areas of high value and their existing and potential land use will provide us with data, which together with information on industry’s development pathways we can plan for the growth of the gas industry and manage impacts at a regional level.
We will work with industry to understand how their development plans will impact our regional towns to inform population driven planning for schools, health and housing.
The government will also ensure that transport network planning reflects the development pathways of industry so that wear, tear and congestion is managed and roads are safe for all road users.
The government will also consider pipeline, road and rail corridors in their planning work and new regional infrastructure will be developed to benefit multiple users wherever possible.
The government will work with pastoralists and industry to develop and legislate a fair access regime requiring land access agreements with standard minimum protections for pastoralists be in place before industry accesses pastoral leases.
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