- Palmerston is the second largest city in the Northern Territory
- Has been described as the "family capital of the Territory"
- The Area Plan is part of the city's long term vision
The Northern Territory has released the Area Plan for Central Palmerston, an area it considers to be the “family capital of the Territory”.
The Territory Government said the Area Plan provides a decision-making framework that informs future rezoning and development decisions set to help the area achieve a long-term vision.
David Ritchie, the Northern Territory Planning Commission Chairman, said the Area Plan was done in consultation with key stakeholders across the community.
“The community of Palmerston have shaped this plan. We heard feedback from the community, across three stages of community consultation. Their feedback is incorporated in this plan and so will now influence the future planning for Central Palmerston,” said Dr Ritchie.
The plan includes the prioritisation of investment in the Palmerston City Centre as a hub for employment, living and entertainment. Yarrawonga will also be retained as a key service hub for the Darwin Region, and bike paths will be created which the Territory Government said would promote a connected, multi-modal movement network in the area.
Additionally, improved amenities for the community are part of the plan.
Recently, a new Police Station, Hospital and School have been built in Palmerston with the construction of a new fire station underway.
Eva Lawler, the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics added that as the Territory is growing, private investment projects are underway to facilitate the expansion of communities.
“As a Government, we value the people of Palmerston. We want to see good, community-minded developments occur,” she said.
“The Central Palmerston Area Plan sets out a well thought out framework on how to accomplish healthy and positive development. This will support further jobs with the construction of new homes, community centres and parkland.
“We want to support planning and development projects in the Territory that meet community expectations.”
Eva Lawler, Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics