I'm Paul Arnold, photographer and bush explorer. I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last few decades exploring and photographing all corners of the Top End. There’s one common trait that has struck me about all the Territorians I meet: a shared respect and passion for our incredible Territory landscapes.
Now is our chance, as a community of proud Territorians, to shape the future we want for our coasts, culture and lifestyle. The Gunner Government is asking for your input to develop its 10 year plan for our coasts and seas. With our coasts under increasing pressure and showing signs of decline, we must act now. Please add your name to protect our Territory coasts and lifestyle.
As we’re heading into the holiday season, we want to THANK YOU for your support. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved together in 2017.
First of all, there are more of you standing up for our Top End coasts - we are 1000 stronger - people like you who have shown time and again that they’re ready to stand up for our Top End coasts.
Earlier this year, when we spoke up and sent a message to Ministers and local members of Parliament -we made sure the development of a strategy to secure the Territory’s coasts and seas was included as a priority in the Government’s Economic Development Framework.
Our new report - Valuing Our Top End Coasts and Seas - spells out just how valuable healthy Territory coasts are to our unique lifestyle, livelihoods and economy.
It also finds that without proper protection and management, the Top End is at risk.
The Roper River and Limmen Bight are truly precious places for recreational fishers, nature lovers and the Traditional Owners. Now, these places are under renewed threats, including from a proposed Iron Ore mine.
The Yanyuwa, Marra, Warndarrang and Nunggubuyu Traditional Owners from the area have just made a powerful statement, producing a huge canvas petition with the help of renowned artist Simon Normand. It has just been delivered to the Federal Government.
Watch their video here.
Darwin gathered for a special event: Saltwater Secrets - The Exhibition with Paul Arnold and Simon Normand. Whether you were lucky enough to be there, or want to see how the night went down.
A night of energy, incredible insights into the sea country, the people and the characteristics of our iconic Top End coasts that make where we live so special. It's up to all of us to stand up for the future for our marine environment and the livelihoods that rely on its health. Let's get to it.
Posted by Mitch Hart · September 19, 2017 11:40 AM
You’re invited to join us on Wednesday 27 September at the Darwin Deckchair Cinema for a special preview screening of the new Australian film, BLUE, an invigorating documentary with a beautifully crafted wake up call about the state of the Earth's oceans. Book your FREE ticket now!
The Environmental Defenders Office NT representing the Australian Marine Conservation Society has made a submission to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority regarding a proposal in Territory waters and its potential impacts on threatened species and the environment.
Read below for the full submission.