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Northern Territory Government Australia
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The Department of Planning and Infrastructure is the lead agency for spatial information in the Northern Territory Government, largely delivered through the Land Information Division. Land Information delivers its services through a number of business units: Survey, Land Information Services, Valuation Services and NT Land Information Systems Services.
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.
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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