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Environment Centre Welcomes New Director

The Management Committee of the Environment Centre NT (ECNT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Harris to the role of Director. Ian has been appointed to this important role after an exhaustive recruitment campaign that had wide interest from a large number of high quality applicants.
We also announce the retirement from the Acting Director role of Anna Boustead who has led ECNT for the last 14 months.
Convenor of the ECNT Management Committee Drew English said:
“We welcome Ian Harris to the role of Director and thank Anna Boustead for her leadership of ECNT over the last year.
“This is an important appointment for ECNT and the future of our community-based environmental activity in the NT.”
“We look forward to working with Ian in this role to review and renew the focus and operations of ECNT and its community-based environmental advocacy and activity.
“Ian has a strong record in the business of environmental management and engagement from being a LandCare group member through to a degree in Environmental Management.
“Ian has experience working around the world and has come to this role from working as environmental consultant.
“We will be formally introducing Ian to our members, supporters, partners, and the businesses and government agencies of the NT over the next few weeks.”

You can read more about the new director here.

Celebrating world wetlands day

Our mangroves in the Top End are considered to be the most pristine, globally. To celebrate World Wetlands Day, Top End Sea Life plunged in to learn more.

Squelchy mud. Tangled roots. Hot. Humid. Wet. Mangroves aren’t the most inviting ecosystem. But after a talk by our friends at EcoScience to celebrate World Wetlands Day, I’m definitely interested to take the plunge and learn more.

“Mangrove” refers to the habitat as well as the plants that live between the sea and land, flooded by sea tides. A mangrove may be a tree, a shrub, a palm, or a fern, but all of them are able to tolerate excess salt and air-less soils, coming together to form mangrove forests along coastlines, rivers and estuaries.

Originally from South East Asia, mangrove fruits, seeds and seedlings floated upon ocean currents, some for more than a year, before taking root in India, Africa, the Americas and Australia. 42% of mangrove forests found in Australia have taken root in the Territory, and comprise 32 different plant species.

You can reach more here.

Introducing Jo Hurford

Hi, my name is Jo Hurford. I have joined Jacqui as a Northern Marine Campaigner for the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

I have always had an affinity for and interest in the ocean, despite growing up in Bathurst, country NSW. After snorkeling in the Galapagos, I decided there was a whole other world to discover beneath the surface, and so I completed my open water dive certificate, assuming that would be enough. It wasn’t.

As a diver I became aware of the oceans’ fragility and the challenges it faces. This led me to volunteer in Indonesia on a reef restoration program, where I became hooked. For the next three years I worked as a dive instructor, and drew upon my degree in Media Production, creating short videos and documentaries about local marine conservation issues, including a shark-finning fishery.

Pursuing opportunities to combine my interest in marine conservation with film, I moved to Mozambique volunteering as a media guru for a manta ray and whale shark research center. After five years abroad, I have returned to Australia, where I will utilize my event management and media experience to create community outreach and engagement opportunities!

I look forward to coordinating fun and interesting activities to be enjoyed in and around our Top End marine environment. Join us in making the most of our unique lifestyle.

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Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare’s Working Bee

Bring sun protection, drinking water, mozzie spray, covered shoes and a small trowel if you have one.
We'll supply gloves (important in the Wet season) and some bigger tools like rakes.

When: Sunday 21st February, 8am to 10:30am
Where: The Beach blocks (just past the carpark at the end of Daribah Road. It’s on your left, about 100m along the dirt track.)


Places You Love meetings

Places You Love, co hosted by the Environment Centre NT, will be holding forums in March to discuss what sort of environmental laws we need for the the 21st Century.

They want to hear from members of the community about how we can better protect nature.You can read more about the initiative here.
Join the conversation here.

Katherine Forum
When: Tuesday March 15, 6pm

Where: Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Art & Culture Centre
Stuart Highway, Katherine East

Darwin Forum:
When: Thursday March 17, 6pm
Where: Darwin Surf Club
Daribah Road, Brinkin


Friends of East Point Tree Planting

Plant a tree to help biodiversity. Bring hats and sunscreen, refreshments provided.

When: Sunday February 21, 8am to 10am
Where: Breezway Colivas Rd, East Point


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