Keep our Top End coast healthy. A lifestyle worth protecting.


The Gunner Government's commitment to deliver a Coastal and Marine Management Strategy is a good first step to tackle the threats to our coast and lifestyle. 

Now the community is looking for the Government to deliver a plan it can rely on - one that secures the unique cultural, conservation and fishing values of the Top End's coast. 

There are proven solutions on offer, which must be at the heart of a plan for the Top End's coast and can be tailored to the needs of the Territory - including Sea Country Indigenous Protected Areas, national parks in the sea and recreational fishing areas. 

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What's Special

The great outdoors is the heart of our Top End lifestyle. Nothing down south comes close to the national parks, incredible coastline and tropical seas we call home.

The Problems

The Territory coast is at the heart of our Top End lifestyle. But its health is under stress. Our fishing is amazing, but not as good as it used to be. Mangroves are being destroyed, pollution is damaging our beaches, and the threat of seabed mining is looming.

The health of our coasts are too valuable to risk

SIGN THE PETITION CALLING FOR ACTION TODAY

A timely new report - Valuing Our Top End Coasts and Seas - spells out just how valuable the health of these coasts is to our Territory lifestyle, livelihoods and economy.

But it also found that without proper protection and management, the Top End is at risk.

Make sure your local politicians hear your concern: Add your name today telling the Gunner Government that the health of our coasts is too valuable to risk, and we need a Plan that will properly protect our coasts into the future.


Dear my MLA (CC Chief Minister, Environment Minister and Fisheries Minister),

I am writing to you as a constituent who is concerned about the health of our Top End coasts.

I want to draw your attention to a new report, Valuing Our Top End Coasts and Seas, which highlights just how valuable the health of our coasts is to the Northern Territory lifestyle, livelihoods and economy. It also finds that without proper protection and management, the Top End is at risk.

Over the next two weeks, I understand that Territory Cabinet will be considering the first stage of the Coastal and Marine Management Strategy - a welcome step towards fulfilling a key election commitment. I urge you to take note of the important findings in Valuing Our Top End Coasts and Seas (summarised below), and do all you can to ensure that the Strategy includes the necessary measures to properly protect our coasts into the future.

As Territorians, we all share a special connection to our Top End coasts, a fact that is recognised in this report. We have some of the last healthy and unique tropical waters on Earth, and recognise that they are central to our economic success, and to our Top End culture and lifestyle.

The report finds that -

  • With a production value around $180million, recreational, commercial and tour fishing are important economic drivers in the Top End and are all reliant on the good health of coasts;

  • tourism is now the NT economy’s third largest sector, generating 15,500 jobs (compared to 4,800 in the mining and resource sector);

  • ecosystem services provided by mangroves, seagrasses and nearshore waters are valued at $428million annually;

  • the unique Top End lifestyle is a major selling point used to attract residents and visitors alike to the Top End;

  • for Indigenous saltwater people all aspects of social, cultural, and economic life are intimately connected to the health of their coastal lands and seas; and

  • with threats to our Top End coasts increasing, effective protection and management should now be a priority. These should include Sea Country Indigenous Protected Areas, national parks in the sea and recreational fishing areas. This would bring significant benefits to the NT's people and economy.

On the whole, the Top End’s coasts and seas remain in very good condition. Yet, without improved protection and management, the Top End is at risk of the degradation seen in southern and eastern Australia. The health of our coasts is too valuable to risk, and we need a Plan that will properly protect our coasts into the future. I want my elected representatives to take this threat seriously and act.

This is an opportunity that will greatly benefit our Top End communities, lifestyle, livelihoods and economy - particularly through tourism.  

The report can be downloaded at topendcoasts.org.au/resources.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,
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