Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today said that the CLP Government has known of the Noonamah Ridge proposal since December 2013, failed to consult with the community, and is now rushing the proposal through a special development process.
“The proposed Noonamah Ridge development will be twice the size of Katherine,” Ms Lawrie said.
“The Developer’s proposal states they have engaged in extensive consultation with the CLP Government, and 'the response to the development has been overwhelming positive…'.
“Unbelievably, Adam Giles is claiming no involvement with the development telling ABC radio this morning he is ‘not aware of any proposal that’s come to Government to date’.
“It is inconceivable that the Chief Minister does not know of this significant proposal that has been dealt with at the highest hands of Government for almost 12 months."
Ms Lawrie said the CLP Government had form on ignoring proper planning processes.
“How can a developer choose where and what they want to develop in the Territory without following our planning scheme and established land use objectives?” Ms Lawrie asked.
“This is a new town and its development threatens the rural amenity that the current residents now enjoy with the lot sizes in the proposal being as small as 800sq metres – the same size as house blocks our suburbs.
"The infrastructure and service burdens on Government are significant across transport, health, police, fire and emergency services and education to name a few.
“Labor had, with extensive public consultation planned our next township of Weddell that included affordable housing options and was accepted by the community.
“On winning government, the CLP scrapped Weddell, which from a planning perspective was ready for development, stalling new housing options.
“The CLP are riding roughshod over planning schemes and regional land use plans that have been developed in partnership with the community, replacing them with special CLP developments and spot re-zonings.
“The CLP need to stop breaching the trust of Territorians and return to thorough planning processes rather than dangerous short cuts."
Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667
Opposition Leader, Delia Lawrie, says she is concerned about delays to the release of the suburb of Zuccoli due to the CLP Government’s focus on interstate developers over local businesses.
Ms Lawrie said tender assessment for the development of this new suburb commenced in July and now, in October, local developers appear to be out of the running.
“The industry is concerned the CLP Government is focused on bringing in an interstate developer to deliver Zuccoli Stage 3 and 4, over local developers with local experience and an existing workforce,” Ms Lawrie said.
“The CLP Government is ignoring the expertise of local companies that employ Territorians and invest back in the Territory.
“Every delay to the capital works program is making it harder for established Territory companies to maintain their workforce, risking local jobs.
“The extensive delays to tenders blow out the timelines for construction of new housing at Zuccoli, affecting building companies and homebuyers."
Ms Lawrie said Zuccoli is part of a four-suburb expansion of Palmerston East, planned and funded by the previous Labor Government, including Bellamack, Johnston, Zuccoli and Mitchell.
“Many local companies delivered the civil works for earlier stages of Palmerston East and the CLP Government should be focused on applying the expertise of local companies to the next stage of Zuccoli," Ms Lawrie said.
“This comes on top of the release of Berrimah Farm and the Government’s international developer approach, which will cut local developers out and reduce the capacity for competition in the market, achievable when releasing multiple parcels for development."
Media Contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667