The Mimili Community

Mimili is an Anangu community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the north west of South Australia. It lies approximately 645 km south of Alice Springs. It is located 70 km away from Indulkana community and approximately 125 km from Umuwa; the administrative centre of the APY Lands. The Community is located at the base of the Everard Ranges. The population of Mimili ranges between 250 and 300 people, including a number Piranpa (non-Aboriginal) people who work in the community to support Anangu. Community members have kinship ties over a large area of Central Australia and many people have ownership status to specific areas of land in the region around Mimili.

Content and Purpose of the Community Structure Plan

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

The Structure Plan consists of the following:

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

The purpose of the Structure Plan is 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 cultural, physical, environmental and economic opportunities and constraints;
  • Provide a mechanism for a coordinated approach to the provision 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 document that forms the basis for coordination of future development. The Plan can be used to assess future development proposals by government agencies, builders, funding bodies and the community.

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