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Bayview Development

Mangroves are crucial to the health of our Top End coasts – supplying us with oxygen, storing carbon and providing nurseries for important commercial and recreational fish.
Clearing of mangroves affects our lifestyle, our livelihoods, and our marine life. Yet a proposed development now threatens the health of our Harbour. The NT Government is considering whether or not to allow a proposal to clear up to 25 hectares of mangroves for 1100 dwellings for the Bayview development, ‘The Boulevarde’.
While the Labor opposition have ruled against the proposal, the fate of our mangroves sits with the current government.
It’s yet another example of the Territory government continuing to put their development agenda against the concerns of residents, which could permanently damage our treasured lifestyle.

Read more about Bayview here and here.

This is pure Mangrove Madness! Please sign the petition today.

Go here to sign the petition.

Hail Caesar film night!

Our Hail Caesar! film night was a big success. We had about twice the turnout of last years' film and probably raised about twice the funds.

We wanted to thank everyone who helped out on the night and everyone who attended. You all helped make this night a great success.

We also wanted to thank everyone who brought a cake for the bake-off and those helped sponsor the night: Moorish cafe, NT General store, Elevated boutique, Darwin yoga space, Ethical adventures, Territory wildlife park, Friendly pools and spa, Read back books, Cameos homewares, Sea Darwin, Cafe de la Plage, Parap fine foods and of course the Deckchair Cinema for their continued support to us and other community groups.

Volunteers needed - Creekwatch Tour

We need some wonderful helping hands to deliver the Environment Center’s CreekWatch MEET THE CREEKS TOUR to be held on Saturday 18th June. We are hoping it will be a chance for community members to network, find out more about creeks, and have fun, BUT we need:

  • MINIBUS DRIVERS - 2 safe drivers with current NT driver's licences to drive 12 seater minibuses from about 8 am to 5.30 pm. (Just an ordinary car licence is required.)
  • TOUR TALKS AND TIMEKEEPERS -  2 organised people from about 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
  • KIDS ACTIVITY INSPIRERS  - 2 creative folk from about 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
  • VENUE AND LUNCH SET UP - 2 or 3 stylish folk from about 9 am to 4 pm.

If you would like to help please contact Robin MacGillivray: or 0404 622 600. 

Don't want to volunteer but would like to join the tour?
There will be a full itinerary and booking details in the next edition of Turtle Times.

World Turtle Day

In the Top End we have a lot to celebrate on World Turtle Day! Six of the world’s seven sea turtle species can be found nesting or foraging along our coast. Come along to our annual turtle celebration.

When: Sunday 22 May 4:30pm  
Where: Mindil Beach. 

•    Learn which nesting tracks belong to which species of turtle.
•    Play a game of tic-tac-turtle.
•    Make origami turtles.
•    Help our turtles by participating in a beach clean. 
•    Plus more fun activities for the whole family.

Hope you can join us!

Membership Drive

Some of you will have received emails letting you know that your membership has expired. Please rejoin the centre when you can.

If you have not joined yet, please do so. Every member we have makes our message stronger.

To join online, visit our website here:

Or call Pete in the office on (08) 8981 1984.

We still need your support!

Please show your continued support by

making a DONATION OR

joining us as a MEMBER



Film screening: How To Change The World 

Darwin Film Society has agreed to allow us to hold a stall with ECNT information before the screening of How to Change The World on Saturday at 7.30. This review is by Jim Schembri:

Flat-out excellent documentary detailing the origins, evolution and internal squabbling of Greenpeace.

It's engrossing and funny. A warning, though, to those with an aversion to animal cruelty: the film features graphic footage of slaughter, its impact undiminished by age.

We are looking for volunteers to stand at the ECNT stall and talk to people for half an hour from 7 to 7.30? Any takers (free entry provided for 2 people!) Please reply to Di Koser on

When: 7.30pm Saturday May 14
Where: Deckchair Cinema, Jervois rd, Darwin



World Turtle Day

In the Top End we have a lot to celebrate on World Turtle Day! Six of the world’s seven sea turtle species can be found nesting or foraging along our coast. Come along to our annual turtle celebration.

When: 4.30pm Sunday 22 May  
Where:  Mindil Beach


Meet the Creeks cruise

It will take place in Mitchell Creek (that runs through the suburbs of Palmerston);  Ludmilla Creek (that enters the sea between East Point and Coconut Grove);  and Sandy Creek (that starts in Lyons then runs past the hospital and into Casuarina Coastal Reserve to its mouth between Rapid Creek and Lee Point).

It would be great if you could come along. More about that soon.

When: June 18
Where: details to be confirmed


Transitions Film Festival Darwin

Transitions Film Festival is returning to Darwin for 2016! The festival will run over four days at the start of the school holidays in several inspiring venues.

There will be a range of innovative films expressing revolutionary ideas about sustainability, local farming, renewable energy and more.

Come see fantastic guest lecturers and join-in activities for all the family from outdoor solar-powered film screenings to making your own peddle-powered smoothies!

When: Fri 24 Jun 2016 (All day) to Wed 29 Jun 2016 (All day)
Where: Varies, see
events/view/transitions-film-festival-darwin for more details.



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