Bringing Local Government to the Cox Daly and Marrakai-Douglas Daly Areas

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One of the major objectives of the 2008 local government reforms was the inclusion of the whole of the Northern Territory into local government areas.

The intention prior to 2008 was to have a Top End Council, which was to include the Cox-Daly and Marrakai‑Douglas Daly areas, however the Top End Council was not created. As a result, both areas are not within a local government area. It is estimated that there are a total of 2082 allotments within these areas, including 17 pastoral leases and 40 mining tenements.

The Northern Territory Government is considering the inclusion of the Cox‑Daly and Marrakai‑Douglas Daly areas into a local government area(s) and is interested in the views of the property owners within these areas and the public generally.

The inclusion of the Cox‑Daly and Marrakai‑Douglas Daly areas into a local government area(s) would not occur before 1 July 2022.

You are invited to make a submission.

Please read the information paper and let us know what you think by completing the survey.

You can also make a submission by post or email.

Written submissions can be sent by post or email to:

Mail: Local Government and Community Development

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

GPO Box 4621, Darwin NT 0801

Email: LGLaw@nt.gov.au


One of the major objectives of the 2008 local government reforms was the inclusion of the whole of the Northern Territory into local government areas.

The intention prior to 2008 was to have a Top End Council, which was to include the Cox-Daly and Marrakai‑Douglas Daly areas, however the Top End Council was not created. As a result, both areas are not within a local government area. It is estimated that there are a total of 2082 allotments within these areas, including 17 pastoral leases and 40 mining tenements.

The Northern Territory Government is considering the inclusion of the Cox‑Daly and Marrakai‑Douglas Daly areas into a local government area(s) and is interested in the views of the property owners within these areas and the public generally.

The inclusion of the Cox‑Daly and Marrakai‑Douglas Daly areas into a local government area(s) would not occur before 1 July 2022.

You are invited to make a submission.

Please read the information paper and let us know what you think by completing the survey.

You can also make a submission by post or email.

Written submissions can be sent by post or email to:

Mail: Local Government and Community Development

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

GPO Box 4621, Darwin NT 0801

Email: LGLaw@nt.gov.au