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Municipal boundary review

City of Palmerston is the youngest and fastest growing city in the Northern Territory and we need to plan for our future.

Council is working hard to achieve its vision to make Palmerston A Place for People and build up our community.

We are planning for new opportunities to grow and improve Palmerston in the long term for the people who work, live and play here.

The Northern Territory Government is planning to expand the boundary of the City of Palmerston, to include unincorporated land to the north of Palmerston, including Wishart Business Precinct and Northcrest.

The final municipal boundary makes good planning sense and aligns with the Northern Territory Government’s Planning for a Vibrant Future document, which states that the City should eventually grow to support more than 70 000 people. 

This is a great opportunity to make Palmerston bigger, more diverse and deliver more services and community events for residents over the long term.

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What does this mean for Palmerston?

This means more people can experience what makes Palmerston so great – our lifestyle, engaging community events and an exciting future.

Palmerston prides itself on being vibrant, diverse, and welcoming.

We are a Council that engages with residents and listens to their needs so we can work together to build up our community.

We build this sense of community at our events and by delivering services to improve our lifestyle so people enjoy living in Palmerston, such as recycling and rubbish collection, free wi-fi and parks to visit. 

Over the long term, it means City of Palmerston will have more resources to fund important community projects and infrastructure and grow and improve its services. 

Expanding the municipal boundary of our City fits within Council’s and the region’s vision for long term financial sustainability and growth. 

Next steps

City of Palmerston is ready to hit the ground running, and can apply its existing planning, governance frameworks, organisational structures and service delivery to best meet the needs of new residents and ratepayers. 

We are experienced in growing our city and have successfully partnered with developers and businesses to create vibrant residential and industrial precincts, such as Durack Heights and Zuccoli, to create a cohesive, thriving Palmerston. 

For current residents and ratepayers, the current rating strategy will stay the same and the level of service will stay the same.

New residents will benefit from Council’s ongoing roll out of projects that include installing free wi-fi and delivering state of the art waste recycling and ranger services. 

City of Palmerston is working to provide avenues for businesses and industry to thrive, and to ensure Palmerston is a key centre for growth in the Territory.

We will have a dedicated team of community development staff, rangers and other support staff ready to help our new residents and businesses find out why it is so great to live, work and play in Palmerston.

People can provide feedback via submissions to the Northern Territory Government at www.haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/city-of-palmerston-council-boundary  by 30 June 2021.  

For more information download our fact sheets and Q&A.

What does it mean for me?

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Palmerston residents and ratepayers

For current ratepayers and residents, the current rating strategy will stay the same and the level of service will stay the same.

In the future, there may be extra electorate wards added for the new areas for City of Palmerston municipal elections to ensure fair representation for our new community members.

This means City of Palmerston can continue to provide the same great services and programs to more people.

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New residents and ratepayers

City of Palmerston is committed to growing our city to make Palmerston the best place to be.

We are proud that Palmerston is A Place for People where everyone belongs and is welcome. 

We do this by:

  • improving the Palmerston lifestyle through our services and diverse art and culture
  • building up our community to create shared experiences
  • engaging with the community to create trust and a sense of community
  • listening to our residents so we can work with the community to meet their needs.

Council is guided by and enforces by-laws and regulations to improve the lifestyle of our residents.

City of Palmerston is financially sound with a balanced rating strategy. 

City of Palmerston is ready to apply its expertise in community management and service delivery to support and welcome new residents and ratepayers.

We have a good track record and new residents will benefit from Council’s ongoing roll out of projects that include, installing free wi-fi and delivering state of the art waste and recycling services. 

New residents and ratepayers will have a council that:

  • develops and maintains community infrastructure such as family and pet friendly parks, beautiful lakes, green space and revitalised community spaces
  • regularly engages with residents and ratepayers to improve services 
  • is dedicated to growing the economy and supporting local jobs
  • promotes our city and our business community
  • offers a wide range of services including waste management and recycling, rangers, library, community events and support
  • prioritises sustainability in everything we do
  • is guided by and enforces by-laws and regulations that contribute to a positive living environment for residents 
  • engages with and listens to our residents so they can influence local decision making to meet community needs.
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New businesses

City of Palmerston is committed to growing business areas, attracting investment and creating jobs.

We are committed to delivering quality services and infrastructure in a sustainable and sensible manner.

The expansion of City of Palmerston’s municipal boundary fits within Council’s and the region’s vision for long term financial sustainability and growth. 

We know that investment in infrastructure stimulates economic activity in Palmerston and the region.

The key socio-economic factors that differentiate Palmerston from its nearby capital city is its:

  • young and growing population
  • higher incomes
  • growing labour force
  • strong economic growth.

It is also cheaper to do business in Palmerston, with lower rents, while our average wages and personal income are growing.

New businesses will:

  • come under a council that invests in amenity and infrastructure
  • be included in long term plans for growth and activation
  • have a council that is committed to growing business areas, attracting investment and creating jobs.
     

Landowners

The expansion of City of Palmerston’s municipal boundary fits within Council’s and the region’s vision for long term financial sustainability and growth. 

To realise the critical potential economic benefits of unincorporated land, it should be managed by a capable and trusted governing body whose current service provision and long term plans align to the needs and appropriate use of the land. 

City of Palmerston successfully partners with developers and businesses to create vibrant residential and industrial precincts, creating a cohesive, thriving Palmerston. 

We already have a proven track record with Durack Heights, Zuccoli and Mitchell Creek Green.

We know that investment in infrastructure stimulates economic activity in Palmerston and the region and are committed to creating more jobs and opportunities for local businesses.

It is also cheaper to do business in Palmerston, with lower rents, while our average wages and personal income are growing.

City of Palmerston has the policies and process in place to ensure the proposal is implemented as seamlessly as possible. 

We are a proven and capable partner for Northern Territory Government and Australian Government agencies. 

City of Palmerston is financially sound and has a balanced rating strategy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening?

The Northern Territory Government is proposing to expand the boundary of City of Palmerston, to include unincorporated land to the north of Palmerston, including part of Berrimah and Northcrest Estate, Elrundie, Tivendale and Wishart Business Precinct.

The Government has released a discussion paper about this and is calling for submissions.

Why is the Northern Territory Government handing this land to City of Palmerston?

The municipal boundary review aligns with the Northern Territory Government’s Planning for a Vibrant Future document, which states that the City should eventually grow to support more than 70 000 people.

The expansion of City of Palmerston’s municipal boundary fits within Council’s and the region’s vision for long term financial sustainability and growth.

What does this mean for Palmerston residents and ratepayers?

For current ratepayers and residents, the current rating strategy will stay the same and the level of service will stay the same – nothing will change. Your bins will still be collected twice a week and we will still maintain our beautiful parks and lakes.

Over the long term, it means City of Palmerston will have more resources to fund important community projects and infrastructure and grow and improve its services. 

What does it mean for new residents, like in Northcrest?

Our potential new residents will have the opportunity to part of the Territory’s youngest and fastest growing city.

This means being part of our vibrant community, receiving essential municipal services, having access to quality facilities like parks, the library and pool, being included in exciting asset and infrastructure projects and planning, and above all being represented at the local government level. 
City of Palmerston has a great track record with recent land developments at Zuccoli, Mitchell Creek Green and Durack Heights.

We are a Council that prides itself on engaging with and listening to our residents so they can help shape our community and services.

This opportunity will mean that City of Palmerston can continue to provide the same great services and community events to more people.

Will rates increase?

For current ratepayers and residents, the current rating strategy will stay the same and the level of service will stay the same – nothing will change.

Northcrest ratepayers will come under the City of Palmerston rating strategy, which is already used to guide Northcrest’s current municipal rates.

Use the rates calculator to see how your rates look under the City of Palmerston.

What does this mean for the upcoming Council election in Palmerston?

At this stage there is no implications for the upcoming election for the City of Palmerston.