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Port Melville Federal Court Decision

The Federal Court has found that the decision to allow Port Melville on the Tiwi Islands to operate as a marine supply base should NOT have gone ahead without an environmental assessment.

Environment groups welcome new Territory Government

The Keep Top End Coasts Healthy alliance has today welcomed the new Territory Government and called for swift action to progress a plan for the protection of the Top End’s coasts and lifestyle. 

Darwin Harbour hit by further pollution

Urgent action is needed to tackle the Darwin Harbour oil spill. Following the 30 km oil spill in Darwin Harbour, our team went out on Saturday to collect these samples. We call on the Government and EPA to find out exactly what is out there.

Want to know where the major parties stand on protecting our Top End Coasts?

Our 2016 Election Promise Tracker breaks down the marine and coastal policy commitments made by the major parties.

NT's Legacy of Environmental Failure Hits the Coast

A searing new report points to repeated failures by NT governments to establish and maintain credible protections of the Territory’s marine and coastal environment. The report, prepared for the Keep Top End Coasts Healthy alliance, identifies poor decision-making, inadequate laws, a lack of transparency and incompetent oversight and regulation has already had a disastrous effect on areas of the coast. The report recommends a complete overhaul of environmental assessment laws, an end to the clearing of mangroves, and requiring public participation in decision-making. Read the full Health Check Report - Click Here

NT Labor backing marine protection

In the lead up to the Territory election, Labor has announced a Coastal and Marine Management Strategy. It’s good news for fishers, tourism, small business and the environment! The plan includes completion of the Limmen Bight Marine Park and its seabed mining ban, re-establishment of the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee, rejection of the Bayview development and measures to research and protect our mangroves. But we want to guarantee all Territorians benefit from marine protection. To do this, we need to see a similar commitment from all sides of politics. Read more from ABC News, Channel Nine, and NT News. Read our media release below.    

Increased Trawling in the NT

Representatives from the commercial fishing industry, recreational fishers, tourism operators and conservationists came together to express concerns regarding the impacts of finfish trawling in the Northern Territory. Read the Australian Marine Conservation Society's full media release below or on Channel Nine News Darwin and the ABC.

Port Melville Approved Despite Expert Advice on Impact to Wildlife

Freedom of Information documents show the controversial Port Melville on the Tiwi Islands was approved by the Federal Government despite internal advice it was likely to have adverse impacts on a number of our threatened species, including shorebirds, dugongs and olive ridley turtles. It was also approved with no written procedures on how to shutdown supply from 30 million litre diesel tanks or deal with major spills if needed. The Port was built to withstand a category two cyclone, yet Elcho Island further east along the NT coastline suffered from a category four cyclone in 2015 and the old Port Melville was destroyed by a cyclone in 2007. Read the full article by the ABC here or by The Australian here.

Let's Flock Together

The dragonflies have arrived! Their arrival signals the dispersal of dramatic clouds, the conclusion of the wet season and the departure of up to 37 migratory shorebirds who call the Top End home in summer. Fancy yourself a world traveler? Our yearly temporary residents may challenge you to that title. Their north-south 11,000 km journey along the East Asian-Australian flyway traverses 23 countries: from their northern breeding areas in Russia and the USA (Alaska), via China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand. Our visitors lose up to 40% of their body weight during their long-haul flight, which makes feeding areas here in the Territory, and along their route, of vital importance.

Every Little Bit Makes a Difference!

It was a Saturday night and because I had no food for dinner at home, I ran to the supermarket for my weekly shop. The pre-packaged sushi was discounted and seemed like a great, quick and easy meal idea - until I opened the plastic packaging. Hidden behind the price label was ginger in a plastic wrapper, wasabi in a plastic sachet and soy sauce in plastic foil. So much plastic, and even worse - it was all single-use! I couldn’t reuse it and I’m sceptical of whether they could be or would be recycled. As a coastal-lifestyle enthusiast, I only hope they don’t end up in our seas.

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