Development opportunities

The Mapping the Future program provides bio-physical resources information to:

  • improve planning outcomes
  • de-risk investment decisions and
  • promote sustainable economic development in the NT.

Where appropriate, projects will identify and map land capability, water availability and biodiversity assets at strategic locations within the NT.

Project outcomes will provide confidence about the biophysical resources and a baseline of information to inform investment decisions and effective regulatory decisions.

Read more about the program, its objectives and the method for prioritising assessment areas.

Project areas

Barkly

Barkly North

The project for Barkly North is currently under way. Once completed information on soil and land capability for this area will be available. Information on Ground water resources is now available.

Katherine

Beswick

In 2017-18 the Department of Environment and Natural Resources undertook a soil and land suitability assessment on Aboriginal Lands in the Beswick area.

Katherine

Dunmarra

The soil and land suitability assessment investigated 59,980ha in the Dunmarra area to assist the potential development of irrigated agriculture in the vicinity.

East Arnhem

East Arnhem

A soil and land suitability assessment for East Arnhem is currently underway with a report expected to be published late 2020.

Litchfield

Gunn Point

The Gunn Point Peninsula offers significant potential for a range of agricultural, horticultural, industrial, residential and tourist opportunities. This project area has a reports on the development potential of this area for soil and land, water, terrestrial and marine/coastal biodiversity.

Katherine

Katherine

A soil and land suitability assessment and biodiversity assessment for Katherine is currently underway with reports due to be published late 2021.

Barkly

Kurnturlpara and Warumungu Aborignal Land Trusts

In 2015-16, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources undertook a soil and land suitability assessment on lands owned by Kurnturlpara and Warumungu Aboriginal Land trusts. Locally known as Frewena.

Katherine

Larrimah

Two soil and land suitability investigations have been undertaken by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The two study areas combined identified 24,180ha of land being potentially suitable for a range of irrigated crops.

Katherine

Lower Roper

A soil and land suitability assessment for Flying Fox station is currently underway with a report expected to be published late 2020.

East Arnhem

Nhulunbuy

A soil and land suitability assessment for Nhulunbuy is scheduled to be undertaken late 2020.

Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem

North East Bathurst Island

In 2014, the Department of Land Resource Management undertook the following at north east Bathurst Island: a land suitability assessment, water resource investigation and flora and fauna evaluation.

Alice Springs

Orange Creek

In 2016-17, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources undertook a soil and land suitability assessment on a portion of the Hugh River Valley within Orange Creek Station.

Barkly

Tennant Creek West

In 2015-16, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources undertook a soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Tennant Creek West area.

Alice Springs

Ti Tree

In 2016-17, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources completed a soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Ti Tree area.

Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem

Wadeye

In 2016-17 the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under took a soil and land suitability assessment for irrigated agriculture in the Nangu Area, south of Wadeye, with support of traditional owners. Covering an area of 6,010ha, 5,030ha of versatile land was identified as suitable for a range of irrigated agricultural cropping options.

Barkly

Western Davenport

In 2015-16 the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under took a soil and land suitability assessment in the Ali Curung area. The soil and land suitability assessment investigated 47,610ha across pastoral and Indigenous land, and identified more than 43,840ha of land suitable for a range of irrigated agricultural crops.

Daly - Tiwi - West Arnhem

Wildman River

In 2015, the Department of Land Resource Management undertook a soil and land suitability investigation for irrigated agriculture in the Wildman River region. This project area had a water resource assessment completed in 2016.

Last updated: 05 August 2020

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