The subject property comprises two parcels of land being Sections 1711 & 1712 which is total of 150.1 hectares of Rural Residential zoned land and 55 hectares of Rural Living zoned land. It lies only a short distance south of the Noonamah Tavern and is known as Elizabeth Valley Farm.
Elizabeth Valley Farm is situated in the Noonamah Village, 44 kilometres south of Darwin CBD. It slopes down to the East away from the Highway and faces the South on Elizabeth Valley Road with two rural properties making up its Eastern and Northern boundaries.
The property has for many years been used by the owners for their cattle trading business. In itself the property has a carrying capacity of 600 head on a year-round basis and up to several thousand head for short periods of time. Given the close proximity the property has to the Darwin Port and other facilities such as the Hampton's Cattle Yards on Elizabeth Valley Road, the property has been of great value as a holding and spelling area and for the ready and easy supply of cattle for the live export trade operating out of Darwin Port. The property has extensive improved pangola and humidicola pasture with pockets of native bushland and is divided into a number of well fenced paddocks. There is a large dam in the North Eastern corner of the property which carries water year-round and all paddocks are supplied with water troughs fed from a 20,000 litre raised water tank filled from a central bore which produces 10 litres per second. A town water supply is also connected to the property. An all-weather road for road trains runs to a set of comprehensive cattle yards.
The locality is characterised by rural residential development and small horticultural operations. The locality includes the rural service centres of Coolalinga, Humpty Doo, Noonamah and Berry Springs and is only 15 kilometres South of the Coolalinga Shopping Centre. The Centre is anchored by a full service line incorporating Coles Supermarket and K-Mart discount department store together with several medical centres, over 50 specialty retail shops and fast food outlets and a tavern fronting the Highway. Woolworths Supermarket and 30 retails shops including a Post Office, Veterinary Clinic and other services are situated on the opposite side of the Stuart Highway.
The property sits approximately 24 kilometres South of Palmerston which is now home to over 40,000 residents. The new Palmerston Hospital provides great benefit to the local residents of Palmerston and the rural areas. The Litchfield Shire itself has a population of over 25,000.
The future city of Weddell is planned to be built across the Stuart Highway opposite Elizabeth Valley Farm and the property is sometimes referred to, in advance, as East Weddell.
The Northern Territory Planning Scheme (NTPS) shows the majority of the land being zoned Rural Residential (RR) of which there is 150.1 Hectares while the South Eastern Portion is zoned Rural Living (RL). Rural Living allows low density rural living and a range of rural land uses including agriculture and horticulture.
Several years ago, at the request of the Government authorities and town planners, the owners prepared an application to have the zoning changed to Specific Use which, if it had been granted, would have given clearance to prepare a detailed master plan for the purpose of an urban sub-division. The owners spent a vast amount of time, money and energy in preparing this application including:
Extensive survey work
Engineering works and reports
The application was lodged on 28th November 2015 and went before the Development Consent Authority (DCA) on 11th December 2015. After providing further source documentation at the request of the authorities it was submitted in August 2016 from the DCA to then Minister with a recommendation from the Department of Lands and Planning that the Minister approve the application and sign off on it. Before the Minister was able to sign off on it there was a Territory election which effected a change in Government. The application remains in limbo with the current Government.
The owners would be happy to provide a copy of the application to a prospective buyer.
The subject properties are well appointed in terms of road frontage and access, directly on to the Stuart Highway, adjacent to the Noonamah Village which includes a tavern, store, service station, Post Office and caravan park.
The property is well suited for subdivision