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 Gunner Government's temporary seabed mining ban extension runs out in 2021.

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.