Help us keep the government to account
The Environmental Centre NT has launched proceedings in the federal court challenging how the Minister and his department made the decision that the Port Melville development was an uncontrolled action. We believe that this is of significant interest to the Australian population and we are willing to fight for the proper process to be followed on all future developments.
We are not against development, in fact, we support sensible, well thought out projects, but we also want to ensure that each and every project follows relevant environmental legislation.
The Port Melville development came to our attention when it was established in 2015 that the $130 million redevelopment of the port had been constructed without any form of environmental approval. This is despite the fact approximately 34 threatened species and 37 migratory species occur in the area. With known marine turtle breeding sites nearby and known habitat for threatened species such as the Dugong,no formal approvals were sought.
We are currently wishing to run a campaign around the Port Melville court case to highlight the need for transparency in government and proper consideration of the environment in which we share. Running a case like this is expensive and the centre needs to be able to afford it, at present, we are struggling.
We have launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help get the funds we need for this important fight.
We need your help to make this a success. Visit our Chuffed campaign site here if you feel you can contribute anything to this course.
PYL workshops go well
We've held the first of our Places You Love #naturelaws workshops, and it went really well.
Over 40 people attended the Darwin workshop and started the conversation about building the sort of laws we need to protect nature. These people will all receive an email over the next couple of days asking for their further involvement in this important process.
We, in partnership with the Places You Love alliance, will be using the ideas in consultation with their expert legal panel to create a vision for what environmental laws need to be in place for the future of the Australian landscape.
If you want to join this conservation, go to the dialogue app here and make a contribution. We need the ideas and passion of everyone if we are to protect the places we love.
Heaps of Earth Hour events
This Saturday is Earth Hour when, between eight and nine pm, people are asked to turn their lights off in support of the need to cut carbon emissions.
This Saturday in Darwin there are heaps of events that day where you can get involved.
Check the sidebar to seewhat events you can attend, but of special interest is the Darwin Climate Action Group catch-up at the Hilton Darwin.
Hilton Darwin has agreed to provide cheap cocktails and sustainable canapes at the first planning meeting for this year.
So come along from 8pm, have a drink and help the world.