Private roads were created predominantly in the late 1970's with the creation of subdivisions that had a shared road access that existed within the property lot boundaries. The access roads look and function like a typical Council road, but they are not actually owned or controlled by Council.

Council currently has a Private Roads Policy (LC29) that identifies these roads that Council does not own but undertakes maintenance on. This Policy was adopted in 2012 and is due for review.

Council is committed to continuing to provide a service to the identified roads, due to the legacy that existed prior to Council's establishment.

Council has prepared an updated Private Roads Policy and would like to hear from affected residents. The updated Policy is intended to provide greater clarity of what a private road is, Council's obligations, a clear service level, and future opportunities for handing over relevant private roads to Council.

Directly affected property owners are being consulted individually with further information.

Affected property owners, and residents, are encouraged to raise any questions on the online forum or contact Council on 8983 0600 to discuss.

Roads on Crown Land, controlled by the NT Government, have been removed from the Private Roads and Council are liaising with the NT Government on ownership arrangements of roads on their land.

The following roads are included within the draft Policy:

Road NamePolicy DefinitionLengthNumber Owners
Cooper Road EBattle-axe access4152
Cooper Road WBattle-axe access4152
Gullick RoadPrivate Road124015
Hughes RoadPrivate Road146811
Ironwood Place 2Battle-axe access3233
No Name RoadPrivate Road142812
Notta RoadPrivate Road4903
Old Bynoe RoadPrivate Road17806
Ross RoadPrivate Road8344
Russ RoadPrivate Road139910
Sandy RoadPrivate Road13579
Some RoadBattle-axe access4332
Swamp RoadPrivate Road7645
Walker RoadPrivate Road137110

The following roads are not defined as private roads in the Policy and have been removed from the Policy:

Road NameOwnership
AAAA RoadCrown Land
Radford RoadCity of Palmerston
Horsnell RoadLitchfield Council Gazetted
Pipeline RoadCrown Land
Pipeline Road EastCrown Land
Thorburn RoadCrown Land

Property owners and residents are able to view their relevant survey titles for their properties through the NT Atlas and Spatial Data Directory. Properties can be searched and selected to view their relevant 'survey plans'.

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