Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct

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Read the media release - 13 September 2022.

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) is working with industry and the Australian Government to transform Middle Arm into a sustainable ‘development ready’ industrial precinct.

Preserving the environment including Darwin Harbour for generations to come is an important part of meeting the sustainability objectives of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct (the precinct).

The precinct is proposed across approximately 1,200 hectares of industrial land and will:

  • capitalise on the Territory’s access to natural gas and renewable energies to grow manufacturing
  • focus on low emission hydrocarbons, green hydrogen, carbon capture storage and minerals processing
  • drive industry diversification, exports, job creation and population growth
  • play a pivotal role in growing the Northern Territory (NT) economy.

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Read the project overview fact sheet PDF (553.4 KB).

Sustainable outcomes are at the core of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.

The master planning process will deliver concept designs for the integration of dedicated renewable energy links such as solar, carbon capture and shared waste water treatment facilities.

The essential elements and opportunities of a sustainable development precinct as it relates to Middle Arm include:

  • maximising renewable energy use
  • maximising economic outcomes while minimising environmental and social impacts
  • efficient water use including reuse where possible
  • circular economy principles including reusing waste streams (such as using waste as a feedstock) and carbon capture
  • efficient use of infrastructure.

Preserving Darwin’s environmental values, including the Darwin Harbour, is a critical goal to meeting the sustainable objectives of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct.

There are a number of other benefits of developing a precinct which lead to sustainable outcomes. You can read more in the project overview fact sheet.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) has commissioned a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that takes account of all likely activities in the precinct for the next 50 years.

The SEA will seek approval for a program of development under the:

  1. Environment Protection Act 2019 (which considers environmental, social, cultural, economic and health impacts and management regimes)
  2. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (which considers impacts on matters of national environmental and heritage significance).

Commencement of the SEA is the starting point of a rigorous process. It will ensure all potential environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts are considered. Protecting the environment, including Darwin Harbour, is an important part of this work.

The SEA considers the direct footprint of the precinct as well as all areas likely to be affected by project activities such as:

  • land clearing
  • air emissions, noise and waste
  • water and energy use
  • any impact on plants and animals, particularly threatened species
  • disturbance from infrastructure such as roads, jetties and pipelines
  • dredging and shipping in Darwin Harbour
  • workforce planning, land use plans, access routes and impacts on the amenity and wellbeing of people living in the Greater Darwin Area
  • cultural, economic, tourism and recreational uses of the land and seas.

More information on the assessment including timelines is included in the project overview fact sheet and environmental assessment, read the environmental assessment fact sheet - April 2022 PDF (245.9 KB).

Stakeholder and community engagement is an important part of precinct planning and environmental assessment.

Community stands

Throughout September and October you can visit a community stand and talk to the DIPL project team and tell us what you think about the precinct.

  • Casuarina Square - outside Pandora and Mecca
    Wednesday 21 September from 3pm to 5pm
  • Parap Markets
    Saturday 24 September 2022 from 8am to 11am
  • Nightcliff Markets
    Sunday 2 October 2022 from 8am to 11am
  • Gateway Shopping Centre - outside Hoskings Jewellers
    Wednesday 5 October 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Palmerston Markets
    Friday 14 October 2022 from 4pm to 7pm
  • Smith Street Mall - near the Galleria
    Friday 21 October 2022 from noon to 2pm
  • Coolalinga Central
    Thursday 27 October 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Berry Springs Markets
    Sunday 30 October 2022 from 8am to 11am

Have your Say

What do you love about Darwin Harbour? What do you worry about?

As part of the social impact assessment for the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct’s Strategic Environmental Assessment, we want to know how Darwin residents value and use the harbour and its catchment area.

Maybe you love the sunsets or the fishing, or you rely on the harbour for tourism or business activities.

Visit haveyoursay.nt.gov.au to take a survey and drop comment pins on a map.

This values mapping research is being done by independent consultants, True North Strategic Communication.

Your comments can be made anonymously. They will be incorporated in reports prepared for the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority.

DIPL will continue to engage with stakeholders and the community throughout precinct planning. This includes providing regular project updates.

Formal feedback points include:

  • engagement to inform the draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • public exhibition of the draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • development of supplementary information
  • public exhibition of supplementary information.

To find out more, register your interest in Middle Arm precinct or sign up for updates, email contact.masdp@nt.gov.au.

You can also read more about the precinct on the Territory Gas website.

Previous announcement

Read the media release - 11 May 2022.


Last updated: 26 September 2022

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