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The Land Development Corporation is a commercially-oriented land developer. It can position the Territory and its industries to take advantage of the major industrial projects that are about to start or accelerate.
Since 1981 when the first jointly managed park, Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, was established the Parks and Wildlife Service has entered into joint management arrangements with indigenous Territorians in several parks and reserves. The aim being to protect the biological diversity of the parks whilst still serving visitor and community needs for education and enjoyment.
The Land Administration Division resides within the Economic Development Group of the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment. The Division is responsible for coordinating and managing Crown land and facilitating land use for economic development. It also helps meet the social needs of the community through land grants and facilitates outcomes in relation to Aboriginal land issues.
A quick guide to terminology used in the business of Land Administration and Land Information.
The main function of the Office is to keep a Register, which contains title to all land under the Land Title Act, and to provide public access to the Register. Registered dealings are part of the title which is guaranteed by the Crown and open to public search. Some examples of dealings are mortgages, transfers, leases, discharge of mortgages and applications to replace lost certificates as to title. A fee for these services applies.
The Lands Group (Land Services) consists of the Building, Land Administration, Land Information, and Planning groups.
Native vegetation clearing has been controlled on pastoral land and within the Litchfield Shire for many years. To ensure the sustainable management of the Territory's natural resources, the NT Government introduced native vegetation clearing controls. From here you can access a copy of the Clearing Controls, a register of approved land clearing and electronic copies of current land clearing applications.
The Northern Territory Planning Commission will play an important role in ensuring that the planning system in the Northern Territory facilitates sustainable economic growth, protects environmental, cultural and heritage assets and connects people and place. The Commission's primary role is to develop strategic plans and planning policies. The Commission will undertake community consultation in preparing integrated strategic plans for regions, towns and centres. As a secondary role, the Commission will advise on significant development proposals. These proposals include projects that have a significant impact on the strategic planning of the Territory, the natural environment or existing amenity.
The role of the Pastoral Production Division is to facilitate the sustainable development of the Pastoral Industry through the provision of research and extension. Areas covered by the division include rangeland management, sustainable grazing strategies, improved pastures, breeder herd efficiency profitability and management (in cattle and buffalo), market development for the export trade to South East Asia through the provision of technical services to our trading partners and is also responsible for Indigenous economic development through the Indigenous Pastoral Program.
Within the Northern Territory, the allocation of an official name to a place (be it a locality, suburb, town, community, road, residential park, cemetery, building or natural feature) is the responsibility of the Northern Territory Government under the Place Names Act which allows the Place Names Committee for the Northern Territory to make recommendations to the Minister for Planning and Lands for the naming of a place.
Through planning, building and land management, the Department of Planning and Infrastructure ensures land is available for the sustainable economic and social benefit of Territorians.
Pastoralism has played an important part in the development of the Northern Territory with pastoral lands occupying approximately 50% of the land area. These grazing lands are known as ‘rangelands’. The Soils of the Northern Territory are generally low in nutrient value resulting in low nutrient pasture; consequently for Pastoralism to be of economic value, herds and properties are necessarily large with some paddocks being 100’s of square kilometres in size.
The management of soil is an important consideration, particularly in urban areas and on rural properties where the risk of significant off-site impacts must be managed. Soil is made up of air, water, minerals and organic material and is one of the most important natural resources on earth. Most life on earth depends on soil as a direct or indirect source of food. Plants and animals source their nutrients from the soil and it is home to many different forms of life. Soil comes in a variety of forms and takes many years to develop, however it can be destroyed very easily.

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