Letter to the editor: Questions about NT Land Corporation that need answering

by | Apr 9, 2022 | Opinion | 0 comments

Dear Editor,

I have got a few questions you might like to ask about the NT Land Corporation.

Does anyone know anything about NT Land Corporation? Will it become our own WA Inc?

They must be one of the largest private landholders in the Territory, with a mob of bureaucrats on its board, including our water controller Jo Townsend who also happens to be the woman in charge of handing out water licences, including one for the Land Development Corporation.

Another board member is Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority member and Northern Territory Planning Commission chair David Ritchie, who is not holding government and frackers to account with important inquiry recommendations. And not following strict regulations to protect stakeholders and communities.

There is also Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Department lands and planning deputy chief executive officer Leah Clifford, who had a mysterious gin distillery deal operating through alleged breaches of its liquor licence and failing to have building and safety approvals.

The NT Land Corporation is looking at trying to sell and lease land at Keep River (which is Ord River irrigation scheme stage 3 rebranded), Larrimah and Wildman River. Plus many others of concern like huge land holdings at Litchfield/Finniss and in the Darwin River dam catchment.

This land is worth millions and billions in years to come.

I have some further questions.

When was the Land Development Corporation set up and why?

Who appoints the board members?

How is it funded?  By taxpayers?

How are the conflicts of interest of the board managed for development approvals?

Why aren’t the deals done by NT Land Corporation made public?

Where does the money made by NT Land Corporation go?

Who is NT Land Corporation accountable to if it’s a private company or corporation?

Is it accountable to Parliament or the Auditor-General?

Why doesn’t the NT Land Corporation publish annual reports?

Does the water allocation process differ for this private corporation owned by government?

The NT Land Corporation was allegedly designed and crafted to stop Aboriginal land claims on that land.

It’s all very mysterious.

Daniel Tapp

Katherine


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