Noonamah Ridge gets thumbs up

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NOONAMAH Ridge Es­tate is a step closer to fruition, with the NT En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity rec­om­mend­ing the ap­proval of the ru­ral Dar­win site.

The pro­posed site at Lloyd Creek is si­t­u­ated ap­prox­i­mately 36km south­east of Dar­win and seven km east of Noonamah.

The project would be built over a pe­riod of 30 years and pro­vide up to 4200 res­i­den­tial lots, a new lo­cal town cen­tre and associated ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

NT EPA chair­man Dr Paul Vo­gel said the EPA iden­ti­fied po­ten­tially sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts and risks associated with the pro­posal and made 11 rec­om­men­da­tions to avoid and mit­i­gate those im­pacts.

A key rec­om­men­da­tion in­cluded a Plan­ning Scheme Amend­ment that re­quired devel­op­ment of a man­age­ment frame­work to pro­tect the sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues of the site prior to devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions pro­gress­ing any fur­ther.

Dr Vo­gel said the frame­work would estab­lish the process for de­vel­op­ing spe­cific man­age­ment ar­range­ments.

The EPA has pro­vided its as­sess­ment re­port to In­tra­pac Projects Pty Ltd and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Lau­ren Moss, for con­sid­er­a­tion.

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