Watarru is located approximately 200 km south west of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in South Australia.

The Watarru Community

Watarru is located approximately 200 km south west of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in South Australia. The Community occupies part of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the north west of South Australia. The Pitjantjatjara country consists of a long chain of mountain ranges, the Musgraves, Mann and Tomkinsons, stretching east to west on the southern side of the Northern Territory border, isolated ranges and hills and extensive sandhill plains. Watarru Community is located near Mt Lindsay about 90 km east of the Western Australia/South Australia border. It lies approximately 840 km south west of Alice Springs.

Content and Purpose of the Community Structure Plan

The Watarru Community Structure Plan (Structure Plan) provides a framework within which development can proceed in an orderly and planned manner and essential services are protected over the next 5 to 10 years.

The Structure Plan consists of the following:

  • A plan depicting the physical layout of the community;
  • Strategic direction, objectives and principles of development control;
  • An explanation of the Structure Plan;
  • A report for the preparation of the plan including an overview of local and regional context.

The purpose of the Structure Plan is therefore to:

  • Establish a vision for the community and a guide to future growth and development;
  • Provide a community focus for, and involvement in, the development process;
  • Facilitate proper and orderly planning of the community to establish development requirements based on need within social, physical, environmental and economic opportunities and constraints;
  • Provide a mechanism for a coordinated approach to the provisions of services and infrastructure and enable access to existing services and infrastructure information; and
  • Promote development that maximises health, safety and welfare outcomes for the community.

The Structure Plan provides the community with a plan that forms the basis for coordination of future development. The plan, it can be used to assess future development proposals by government agencies, builders, funding bodies and the community.