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Have Your Say on the Terms of Reference for the Scientific Inquiry into Fracking

At the ECNT committee meeting on September 20 it was decided to respond to the call from the NT government for submissions into establishing the Terms of Reference for the Expert Panel inquiry into fracking in the NT. A sub-committee has been established to gather a list of the issues we suggest for inclusion in the Terms of Reference. The sub-committee will write a draft for the full committee to approve prior to submission on October 8.

ECNT is opposed to the use of fracking for the production of natural gas.We believe that the Expert Panel inquiry process should be supported. We believe that it must include all the important issues about fracking: its processes, its impacts, the potential long-term effects on the landscape, access of mining companies to land, etc. for consideration. Most of these issues have been dismissed or ignored to date.

We collectively have an opportunity to widen the scope of this inquiry from simply a narrow economic (short-term and few identified benefits) focus to include the many much more important issues such as protecting our scarce ground-water resources, respect of cultural linkages and uses of the land, and our vulnerable landscape.

ECNT encourages our members and supporters to examine and respond to the Terms of Reference for the inquiry. It is important we get all the issues we want considered into the Terms of Reference to make sure that the Inquiry is as comprehensive as possible. The Terms of Reference and information on providing written comments are available here: https://nt.gov.au/news-and-media/public-consultations/frackinginquiry/
Public comment is open until Thursday 13 October 2016.

Alternatively, if any members or supporters of ECNT have issues they wish to propose for consideration to be included in our submission please send them to our Acting Executive Officer, Glenn Evans – glenn.evans@ecnt.org – as soon as possible please.
 




Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Gas Pipeline Open for Comment

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northern Gas Pipeline is available for public exhibition until Sunday 9 October 2016.
 
The ECNT encourages our members and supporters to make written comments on the draft EIS. This is an important opportunity to raise concerns about the pipeline facilitating the development of fracked gasfields across the NT.

Written submissions should be directed via e-mail or post to:

Environmental Assessments
NT EPA, GPO Box 3675, Darwin NT 0801
Email: eia.ntepa@nt.gov.au

An online version of the draft EIS can be accessed here: https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/environmental-assessments/register/jemena-northern-gas-pipeline

Alternatively, if any members or supporters of ECNT have issues they wish to propose for consideration to be included in our submission please send them to our Acting Executive Officer, Glenn Evans – glenn.evans@ecnt.org – as soon as possible please.


Huge Cutbacks to Marine Hotspots

Here's an update from the Keep Top End Coasts Healthy Alliance.

Dear friends,   
Finally, the Abbott-era Review into our suspended National Network of Sanctuaries has been released. And it’s worse than we thought.

Massive sanctuary cutbacks are proposed in crucial hotspots around Australia, including the globally important Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the last places on Earth where ocean giants still thrive.

But we have a chance right now to influence the decision. The Government is asking for your feedback. Add your name today to reject the cutbacks and fully restore our National Network of Sanctuaries.

Yes, I want to save our sanctuaries.

Their promise to be science-based has been ignored in favour of expanding commercial fishing and mining.

At the very time our marine life is under increasing pressure from coral bleaching, mangrove die-off and disappearing kelp forests.

There’s already been 15 years of science and consultation, decades of work by all sides of politics, and overwhelming community support. Please add your name to save our sanctuaries today.

As well as butchering our Coral Sea Sanctuary, these plans pander to the oil industry in the Kimberley and Great Australian Bight. They pave the way for destructive trawling in the North, gill netting in the South, and cut back crucial sanctuary protection at Lord Howe and Bremer Bay – including a Southern Right Whale nursery!

There are a few small positives, but overall these plans will lead to a devastating loss of threatened marine life and continued uncertainty for local businesses and communities.

The final decision on the fate of our sanctuaries has not yet been made. This is our chance to be heard. Together we are a powerful force. Please add your name today to save our sanctuaries.

Thanks for your ongoing support.
Jacqui and the Keep Top End Coasts Healthy team.
http://www.topendcoasts.org.au/



Unique Volunteer Opportunities

Firstly, the Department of Primary Industry and Resources Darwin Aquaculture Centre is seeking two people to join them on a 4-5 day field trip to South Goulburn Island to undertake a growth and survival survey on sea cucumbers. 

This is a rare opportunity to visit remote South Goulburn Island in Arnhem Land, learn about traditional culture, local marine life, current DPIR projects and add some experience to your resume.

For further information regarding the trip please contact Eloise Wigger on 89244256 or email her at Eloise.wigger@nt.gov.au

Secondly, a PhD student from the University of Tasmania is seeking someone to assist her on a field trip into Arnhem Land sometime in early October. The field trip will involve data collection on the topic of  fire and grazing interactions. Tree and grass species ID skills would be extremely helpful but are not essential. 

For further information regarding the trip please contact Angie Reid at angie.reid@utas.edu.au

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

Artists at Fogg Dam Exhibition


Artists at Fogg Dam exhibition of paintings, textiles and ceramics inspired by the floodplains, forests, fauna and flora of Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve.

Click here for more details.

When: 5:30pm Friday 07 October 
Where:  Tactile Arts Gallery, 19 Conacher Street, Fanniie Bay

The exhibition will continue to be open until 24 October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm
 

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The 2016 Garage Sale Trail

It's time to share the love and the treasures by joining in the Garage Sale Trail 2016.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to declutter, make some pocket money, reuse and recycle unwanted items and meet your neighbours.

It's totally free and anyone can get involved!

Register here now.

When: Saturday 22 October 

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EDO NT Fundraiser @ The Deckchair

The Environmental Defenders Office NT is running a fundraiser film screening of Pulp Fiction at The Deckchair complete with a best dressed prize.

Book tickets at:

http://deckchaircinema.com/films/pulp-fiction/

Click here for more details.

When: 7:30pm Thursday 27 October 
Where: The Deckchair Cinema, Jervois Road, Darwin City
 

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