Destructive Mining Practices

Our rich, tropical waters are full of life, but also rich with minerals, leaving them at risk from destructive mining practices. 

More than 90% of the Territory's coastline is covered by petroleum exploration. Our tropical seas face seismic testing, mining, shipping, port expansion and the risk of oil spills. 

The threat of seabed mining is still looming in the Top End. It has never been allowed before in Australia, but the Territory's temporary ban runs out in July 2018. 

Seabed mining is like taking a bulldozer to the ocean floor - decimating our marine life, polluting our seas, threatening our fishing, and destroying sites of cultural significance. 

Mines such as the McArthur River Mine can cause downstream impacts on our coasts and fisheries, due to toxic tailing dams bursting and breaches of environmental regulation.

Port expansion such as Port Melville on the Tiwi Islands has been progressed without the adequate checks and balances. This offshore oil and gas hub's tanks will store up to 30 million litres of petrochemicals. Located right on the shore's edge in a highly cyclone prone area, the port threatens subsistence fisheries and important feeding and breeding grounds for turtles and dugongs. 

Take Action

The Top End’s fishing is amazing, but places such as Darwin Harbour are not as good as they used to be. Pollution is damaging our beaches and coasts. Mangroves are being destroyed. Industrialisation is on the agenda.
Ask Territory leaders to help protect our Top End way of life and secure the health of our coasts for the future.

Dear Territory leaders,

The Territory’s unique way of life depends on the health of the great outdoors. There are, however, threats to our coasts that your action now will help to prevent permanently damaging our treasured lifestyle.

A plan to safeguard the Top End’s coasts is needed now. There are proven solutions on offer, including national parks in the sea, Indigenous Sea Country protected areas, and protecting our coasts to support our fishing lifestyle.

Yours Sincerely,

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