Unfortunately most folk in our community are not familiar with …

Comment on Thumbs down for dongas depot at Ilparpa by Rod Cramer.

Unfortunately most folk in our community are not familiar with enough of the facts about our Planning Scheme. One in particular (that may well apply in some other zonings), is the legislated minimum lot size for the three Rural Zones.
Rural Residential, the least common in Alice Springs, is 0.4 ha (1 acre);
Rural Living, the most common in Alice Springs, is 2 ha (5 acres);
Rural (which applies to the lot in question) is 40 ha (100 acres) in Alice Springs and Tennant Ck, and 8 ha (20 acres) in the Top End, presumably to recognise the better rainfall and vegetation densities in that climate.
Most of the lots in the Ilparpa Subdivision were allowed to be created at half size (around 1 ha, 2.5 acres) and most of the lots in the Wanngardi Subdivision at White Gums were allowed to be created at 8 ha – this lot in question 12 ha.
In any zoning, if you have lots well undersize from that legislated by the Planning Scheme, and still carrying the same suite of permitted and discretionary uses as legislated for the legislated size, there will be problems. Overstocking is often fairly obvious, and in this instance, so is the proposed and actual activity.
The NT Government has to take some responsibility for this situation, and while it would be impractical to change pre existing undersize lots, it can help reduce the issues from arising with the help of the DCA and/or the Planning Minister, depending on the application.
This is what the DCA has done in this instance.

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Defence to close Stuart Highway for up to 12 hours
It would be interesting to hear how someone like Gilberts Transport are affected, who can have dozens of refrigerated trucks on the Stuart Highway between Adelaide and Darwin at any one time.
That the rail is not affected is bizarre.
It would be reasonable to interpret that perhaps Defense have agreed not to do what ever they’re doing in line with the train timetable.
I did see on FaceBook (second hand!) that they have agreed not to close the road before 12.30, which would suggest if you leave first thing in the morning from Coober Pedy for example, you would be right. I’m not sure if thats official – it would be helpful if Trevor Seebohm could divulge the name of that site.
This situation makes it very difficult for anyone who needs to book accommodation on route or in Alice or Adelaide for starters. Many road users are also going down for specialist appointments etc.
Does the fact that Trevor Seebohm has not posted an update for today mean there isn’t a road closure today?
We are all well acquainted with the Berrimah Line, and I would suggest there is a Pt Augusta Line as well (considering were still being told that the “whole State” was blacked out recently, when the grid doesn’t go to many communities north of Pt Augusta!).
Apparently the Defence Force also have the two lines marked on their maps!
All round very unsatisfactory so far.

Panel of just two for controversial Ilparpa decision
I’ve just in the last few minutes completed reading both the “Directions Paper” and the “Planning Reform Phase 1 Priority Reforms”, which I would encourage everyone to do who values the amenity of their address in any zoning in the NT.
While the first six pages are a bit on the heavy side, the next nine are pleasantly good reading, and perhaps cover all of the issues raised in this article.
It is perhaps the most promising review of Planning in the NT ever, remembering at this stage it is only the recommendations of the consultants.
It is of no use to just read the Planning Reform paper, so I would encourage every one to make a submission, even if it is only the online survey. You could reinforce your view by writing to your local Member and the Planning Minister.
You should be able to access it at;
Give it a crack! Don’y leave it to someone else, they don’t live here anymore!

Ilparpa dongas depot: Will Tony Smith get a permit?
While it is true that in any neighbourhood there are properties and folk who are “letting the side down” in varying degrees, Simon Tonkin utilised the oldest trick in an effort to sway the Development Consent Authority – childishly denigrate the neighbourhood in an effort to justify the failings of your own application.
What should be of far more concern to any property owner in any zoning was his bizarre proposition he “respectfully submitted” that the issue of resulting property [de]valuation is not a valid issue for the DCA to consider.
This tells us two things – the applicant has not absorbed the definition of amenity (as defined under the Act), or has chosen to ignore it, and: The applicant is well aware of how inappropriate their application is in that location.

Four dogs suspected poisoned with 1080
On the one hand “stop the use of 1080 poison” tells us that the poison can be passed on in carrion for up to eight months, and on the other the vet tells us it breaks down so quickly that stomach contents must be frozen to get samples to southern labs?

A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
If this is a serious discussion, which is hard to accept given some of the comments, let’s stick to facts.
Firstly, while I vigorously agree both the the rail and road embankment should be removed, that won’t “double” the river bed – they currently only occupy no more than about 30% of the original bed of the Todd.
Secondly, when are people going to realise that in the event of a major flow in the Todd (and from time to time, some not so major ones), you have Buckley’s of getting to Honeymoon Gap from the north, let alone driving through it!
Not withstanding, a tunnel option should be on the table, the flyover, which several presenters in 2006? lied to us about, should not.

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