The Northern Territory Government has secured a commitment from the Federal Government to fund a $7 million three-year project to undertake surveys in Northern Territory (NT) minor communities with a planned completion of 21 June 2016.
The Land Tenure Unit is managing the project under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which involves the cadastral survey of around 50 minor Indigenous communities.
The survey project will formalise the boundaries of the land and support the requirements under the NT Planning Act, enabling leases to be entered into for a period in excess of 12 years. Read the law.
The cadastral surveys are a vital component for establishing a property market in remote communities that can help grow prosperity for Indigenous people by transforming remote towns into places that are properly planned and designed. The project will also support home ownership and economic development.
Development of the NT's minor communities is consistent with the Stronger Futures policy with regard to social housing in remote areas and land reforms.
This initiative supports the secure land tenure outcomes agreed to under the National Partnership Agreement for Remote Service Delivery.
The Department of Local Government and Community Services has engaged surveyors through the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment to undertake the survey project works.