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Submission to draft Mataranka Tindall Water Allocation Plan

Keep Top End Coasts Healthy (KTECH) is dedicated to preserving the unique and precious coastal ecosystems of Northern Australia. This submission highlights the significant risks posed by the Draft Mataranka Tindall Limestone Aquifer Water Allocation Plan (Mataranka Plan). We aim to emphasize the ecological, economic, and cultural implications of this proposed water resource development and advocate for sustainable management practices to protect the health of our coastal and marine environments.

NT Barra Gillnet Ban

MEDIA RELEASE : NT barra gillnet ban will help save dolphins, dugongs, turtles and sawfish.

Submission on the Proposed National Park at Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Submission to the NT Government on the Proposed National Park at Casuarina Coastal Reserve - Section 14 report consultation  Keep Top End Coasts Healthy (KTECH), an alliance committed to the protection and sustainable use of the Northern Territory's coastal and marine environments. With a strong community base of 8,000 Territory supporters and the same number following our dedicated efforts on social media, we take pride in our decade-long history of advocating for the health of our coastal backyard and our treasured Top End way of life.

Protect Threatened Species from Gillnets

As the leading voices for marine conservation, we, the undersigned from Keep Top End Coasts Healthy, the Environment Centre Northern Territory, the Australian Marine Conservation Society and Humane Society International, are raising an urgent appeal for immediate action to safeguard the Northern Territory's precious threatened, endangered, and protected species (TEPS), including dugong, turtles, dolphins and sawfish. The onset of the 2024 barramundi season, marked by increased industry catch targets focused in fewer areas, significantly heightens the danger to the Top End’s threatened marine life. Our letter to the NT Minister for Agribusiness and Fisheries, Mark Monaghan, underscores the critical flaws in the current management strategies that fail to protect these species from the detrimental impacts of commercial gillnetting in Territory waters. We demand urgent and meaningful action to protect our TEPS, thereby securing not only the biodiversity of our waters but also the cultural and socio-economic fabric of the Northern Territory which depends on healthy coasts. We invite the public and stakeholders to join us in advocating for a future where our Top End coasts are healthy and are rich in treasured animals including dugong, turtles, dolphins and sawfish.

Submission to the Inquiry into the Middle Arm Industrial Precinct

The capital city Darwin is surrounded by the waters of the Harbour, providing a beautiful backdrop to the daily lives of local and the centerpiece of the tourist experience. The scale of the proposed Middle Arm industrial development will dwarf anything we’ve seen before and this submission outlines concerns that we will witness unprecedented impacts and decline to the Harbour’s values. We must invite only clean, sustainable, and genuinely renewable industries into our coastal backyard and refuse the proposed petrochemical industries, not only for our Harbour, but also to not accelerate climate change.

SUBMISSION: NT draft Environment Protection Legislation Amendment (Mining) Bill 2023

Submission on the Northern Territory draft Environment Protection Legislation Amendment (Mining) Bill 2023 and the Legacy Mines Remediation Bill 2023.

Media Release: New Parks Masterplan 2023 - 2053 could be a win win for tourism, fishing and marine life

Top End conservationists, fishers and tourism operators have welcomed the release of the NT Government’s Parks Masterplan 2023 - 2053, but warn that law reform and increased investment are needed if the Plan is to deliver what Top End nature and tourism needs. The Parks Masterplan demonstrates a strong commitment to protecting our unique Top End lifestyle, built around one of the last intact tropical marine and coastal regions in the world.

Media Release: Dolphins, turtles & sawfish win crucial reprieve with NT Barramundi export licence withdrawal

MEDIA RELEASE 1 February 2023 Conservation groups have welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s decision to withdraw its application for accreditation as a Wildlife Trade Operation (WTO), which would enable the export of seafood from the Territory’s barramundi fishery.

Media Release: Top End coasts a winner with Federal investment

Top End conservationists, fishers and Traditional Owners have welcomed the Federal Government’s budget allocation to marine protection in the Northern Territory, but have warned that a greater investment is needed if we are to secure the unique cultural, conservation and fishing values of the Top End’s coasts.  

Congratulations to the new Chief Minister Natasha Fyles!

Congratulations to Natasha Fyles on your new role as Chief Minister! From the opposition benches on 24 July 2016, Natasha Fyles led Labor's announcement for a strong plan to protect NT coasts as well as deliver a strong management plan for Limmen Bight Marine Park, amongst others. This was a pivotal moment for the health of the Top End. Almost 6 years later, Minister Fyles is leading the NT Government and we are well down the path of delivering on this plan, but with more work to be done. We look forward to continuing our work with the Chief Minister and her new Cabinet for our coasts.

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