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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. 

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KULALUK Heritage Listing Information Session

The NT Heritage Council is now calling for public submissions in support of the permanent heritage Listing of the whole of the Kulaluk Lease Area. Submissions close 29 March, 2016.
We have arranged a free PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING, at the NT Museum with expert speakers.

When: Saturday March 19 from 4.30pm
Where: Darwin Museum And Art Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory 0820


Bayview development and clearing of mangroves.

Please try and make this very important meeting to discuss the next development stage of Bayview, 
Eight experts from all areas giving a 10 min. presentation each on how this will effect you and our environment. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you wish to talk. (Carol Phayer 0437651206)
We need to act fast to make sure the voice of Territorians is been heard and the balance of any development is carefully looked at before it is signed off.

When: Saturday March 19 from 4pm
Where: Charles Darwin National Park, Tiger Brennan Drive. Winnellie NT


Earth Hour at the Hilton

As a follow-up to the Darwin People's Climate March, join like-minded community members to celebrate Earth Hour and plan activities for the upcoming year with Darwin Climate Action Group. We will meet at Hilton Darwin, who will turn all their lights off and provide special Earth Hour cocktails for just $5, with profits going to Environment Centre NT.

Hosted by Environment Centre NT and Hilton Darwin. Book here.

When: Saturday March 19 from 8pm
Where: Hilton Darwin, 32 Mitchell St, Darwin


Earth Hour at Fogg Dam

Featuring the presentation of a cheque from Community Benefit Fund by Lia Finocchiaro, MLA, a sausage sizzle, a talk by Dr Greg Brown of the University of Sydney Tropical Ecology Research Centre at Fogg Dam and Wildlife Walk with Parks & Wildlife staff. Numbers are limited so bookings essential - tel:  8988 5599 or email:

When: Saturday March 19 from 8.30pm
Where: Fogg Dam


Let's flock together: shorebird watch

From September to April each year up to 37 species of migratory shorebirds visit the Top End. They are extreme marathon migrants!  Annually, they fly a 22,000 kilometre round-trip from their breeding grounds in the Arctic to the Top End and back again.
Join us for a short walk to watch these shorebirds feeding before their imminent departure. Learn about great knots, greater sand plovers, far eastern curlews and much more from PhD student Amanda Lilleyman, who studies shorebirds of Darwin Harbour.

Like birds of a feather, let’s flock together for our last chance of the season! Email to book. Organised by the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

When: Sunday 20 March, 8 - 10:30am
Where: Buffalo Creek. We will meet in the carpark at the boat ramp. Entry via Buffalo Creek Road.


Moth Block working bee

The rangers have done a fine job mowing around our taped off plantings - that part of the Moth Block looks very tidy.
Inside the taped areas (our responsibility) it’s another story. The grass and weeds have made the most of the sun and occasional rain.

We’ll have a working bee to try and match what’s inside and outside the tape on Sunday.

Where: The Moth Block (on the edge of the monsoon vine forest behind the pumping station on Rocklands Drive)
When: 8-10:30am, Sunday 20 March


Food Matters Film Screening followed by expert Q&A panel

Darwin Screening of the Multi-Award Winning Food Matters Film! Hear from experts in the field on ways that you can take control of yours and your family's health.

All proceeds from ticket sales (less the venue hire cost) will be donated toFoodbank NT!

Please note that there are a limited number of seats available in the theatre so if you are keen to attend please book your ticket to secure your spot! 

You can book your ticket online by following this link -

We are also so grateful to be joined by three qualified nutrition professionals for our expert Q&A panel following the screening!

When: Friday, April 8 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where: Charles Darwin University


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