The latest on Port Melville

Surrounded by near pristine waters, the Tiwi Islands are home to 38 threatened species of plants and animals including the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. Yet the NT Government has allowed a massive port expansion on the Tiwi Islands without a proper environmental assessment - leaving our precious marine life at risk.

Port Melville was finally referred to the federal Department of Environment as a Marine Supply Base. Together, Top End Sea Life supporters sent close to 400 emails to the Department of Environment asking for the highest level Environmental Impact Assessment before operation commences.

Port Melville, originally proposed to service the local forestry industry, is now being promoted by the development company to act as a supply base for the offshore oil and gas industry. This means that thirty million litres of petro-chemicals will be located in a sensitive and cyclone prone area. If disaster struck, the results would be catastrophic.

The endangered Olive Ridley turtle nests on the tropical beaches of the Tiwi Islands. The Tiwi Islands are surrounded by some of the last unspoiled waters on the planet. They support wildlife, corals, seagrass, mangroves, healthy fisheries, and species whose range and distribution is restricted to northern Australia.

The approval of this destructive development without adequate environmental assessment is yet another example of the industrialisation of our oceans. Our Top End seas deserve better.

Healthy seas are fundamental to our territory lifestyle. They support fishing, tourism and our incredible marine life such as turtles, dugongs, sharks and whales.

 The fight isn’t over yet. We will keep you informed of progress.

You can view our AMCS submission below. 

Read ABC story here




The NT Government is asking for your input. Add your name today.

Now is our chance, as a community of proud Territorians, to shape the future we want for our coasts, lifestyle and livelihoods.

Thanks to the support of thousands of Territorians, the Gunner Government listened to our concerns and committed to developing its 10 year plan to manage and protect our Top End coasts and seas.

But we need to make sure this 10 year plan - the NT Coastal and Marine Management Strategy - does the job and implements enduring solutions. Right now the Government is asking for YOUR input. Please add your name today. Public comment closes 2nd March 2018.

I congratulate the Gunner Government on its commitment to develop a Marine and Coastal Management Strategy, and welcome the release of its Discussion Paper on the suggested goal and management principles, the specific objectives and the desired outcomes. This is an opportunity for all Territorians to have our say on how to ensure a healthy future for the Top End’s coasts and our lifestyle and livelihoods that rely on them.

It is critical that this Discussion Paper is seen as a starting point, an opportunity for Territorians to make it clear to the Government the outcomes the community want to see as a result of this process.

The Northern Territory coast and marine environment is truly special, for unique marine wildlife, its iconic fishing, and for its strong cultural connections for Indigenous Territorians. Our coastline is in relatively good shape, but it is facing increasing threats evidenced by the recent large-scale mangrove dieback, pollution, and that the fishing isn’t as good as it used to be in places.

Right along the coastline, across sectors and communities, Territorians are seeing the pressures mounting and want more to be done. We need measures that not only manage threats, but that also take a proactive approach to securing the future of our coasts. I would like your government to build on the work of stakeholders and the community, and deliver a suite of Territory style solutions. These should include Seacountry Indigenous Protected Areas, recreational fishing areas and national parks in the sea. Importantly, our tropical rivers must continue to flow and our precious seagrass meadows safeguarded from the threat of seabed mining.

This Coastal and Marine Management Strategy presents an opportunity for Government, stakeholders and the community to set our Northern Territory waters up for the future through application of enduring solutions. Without this proper protection and management, the Top End coasts and seas are at risk.

Please count this as my submission to the Coastal and Marine Management Strategy consultation.

I look forward to your response and to working with you to develop a plan that delivers the protection and management that our Top End coasts need in order to secure their future.