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2016 Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend the AGM for the Environment Centre NT to be held on Tuesday 22 November at the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club Daribah Road, Casuarina Beach from 5.30 pm AGM commencing at 6pm.
5.30pm: Special guest presentation

Louise Finch ('I joined the flock in 2008') will give a volunteer perspective on the study and protection of migratory shorebirds and the role community members are playing along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway. Louise's talks are very engaging and are of interest to ALL ages.

6 pm: Annual General Meeting

AGM Agenda
1.            Apologies
2.            Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting
3.            Matters arising
4.            Convenor’s Report
5.            Treasurer and Auditor’s Report
6.            Election for Management Committee
                - Convenor
                - Treasurer
                - Public Officer
                - Secretary
                - Additional members
7.             Appointment of Auditor
8.             Other business
9.             Close                
Following the formal proceedings you are invited to partake in refreshments, nibbles and good conversation as the sunsets over a truly iconic Darwin beach.

Your participation as a member or supporter is greatly valued by our organisation and we look forward to your company.

Project Sea Dragon Environmental Impact Statement

Project sea dragon is the proposed development of an a large scale prawn farm with other associated developments, including a broodstock/maturation centre and processing facility.The main prawn farm is proposed at Legume station, south-west of Darwin near the border of Western Australia. Prawns will be bred at a broodstock centre at Bynoe harbour near Darwin, then sent to Legume Station to be farmed to size.

Project Sea Dragon is very large scale project, with the potential to have large and lasting environmental impacts. It is extremely important that the project is properly scrutinised to ensure operations don’t have unacceptable impacts on the unique environments where the project has been proposed to be situated. That’s where the environmental assessment process comes in and where you can have your say.

ECNT has a copy on display in our reception of both the:

Draft Project Sea Dragon Legune Grow-out Facility Environmental Impact Statement that is open for public review until Friday 2nd December 2016 and;

Draft Project Sea Dragon Core Breeding Centre & Broodstock Maturation Centre Environmental Impact Statement that is open for public review until Friday 9th December 2016.

The ECNT encourages our members and supporters to make written comments on both of these documents. This is an important opportunity to raise concerns about the potential environmental impacts of Project Sea Dragon.

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

Environmental Assessments
Sally Strohmayr
NT EPA, GPO Box 3675, Darwin NT 0801

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

As you can see it thousands of pages long, and will require some scrutiny. If you are able to assist ECNT in reviewing this EIS please contact Glenn Evans (Acting Executive Officer)

Online versions of the draft EIS can be accessed here:

Moths & Munchies Breakfast @ Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Join the Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group on Sunday December 4 for the Moths and Munchies Breakfast. It will be a great opportunity to inspect ‘The Moth Block’, hear from Geoff Martin about the Atlas Moth and share in a hearty breakfast.

The details are:

The Moth Block ( behind the pumping station on Rocklands Dr)
Sunday 4th December 2016
8:30 to 10:30am

Wear covered shoes and bring water, sun and insect protection.
Car parking is beside the pumping station.
RSVP for catering to or Deb: 0400 546 818

CCRLG gratefully acknowledges support from Parks and Wildlife, Conservation Volunteers Australia and our local MPs, Lauren Moss & Nicole Manison.

Meet the Locals

Meet the locals helping our Environment


Meet Karunika Pemarathne.

Where you’ll find them?

You may find Kurinika at the Rapid Creek Market on a Sunday where she runs her Ayurvedic Sri Lankan food stall selling the best coconut hoppers in town. Or if it’s during the week, you may also see Kurinka in the CBD where she works with the NT Government.

How are they helping the Environment?

Not only does Kurinika work full time and supply Darwin with delicious Sri Lankan food, she is also helping our Environment through her work with the Reforest Sri Lanka Project, an initiative that has been set up in Kurinika’s homeland of Sri Lanka to assist with the environmental impacts of deforestation and to combat impacts of introduced species.

The Reforest Sri Lanka Project aims to reforest cleared areas of land with native species, while at the same time creating awareness of the importance of reforestation and the positive impacts this has on the local environment. Kurinika supports this project through collecting recyclable containers and receiving 10 cents per container as part of the NT Container Deposit Scheme which she then donates to the Reforest Sri Lanka Project.

Kurunika's concern for the environment extends to her Rapid Creek food stall where she is looking into ways to make her stall more environmentally friendly. Kurunika recently approached ECNT to seek guidance about converting from single use non-recyclable takeaway containers to more environmentally friendly alternatives. Kurinika is now looking at ways to make the transition to more sustainable containers.

Head on down to Kurinika’s store at Rapid Creek Market to hear more about her work and eat one of her delicious hoppers!

Wild Snap of the Week

Do you have a photo to share? We would love to see your best snap inspired by the Territory’s wild beauty and diverse landscapes.  

Submit your snaps of the Territory for a chance to have them published in the Turtle Times newsletter and on the ECNT website. Whether landscape, people or wildlife – we want to see your best shots inspired by the environment.

Please include a photo caption of up to 50 words describing the image, as we want to know where it was taken, what’s happening in the shot and what inspired you to take it. Make sure your full name and email address are included with the caption.

Photos for the next issue should be sent to by Monday 12 December 2016








Territory Natural Resource Management Conference 2016

This year’s conference theme ‘Shaping the future of NRM’ will focus on innovative practices and collaborative projects to showcase and encourage real NRM change.

The conference delivers interactive workshops, displays, podium presentations, field trips and opportunities for delegates and event partners to meet and network.

When: Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 November 2016



Territory Wildlife Park Community Involvement Day

TWP Community Involvement Days encourage members of the Darwin and local rural community to actively take part in small projects at the Territory Wildlife Park and to join the community ownership of your wildlife park.

The focus of this TWP Community Involvement Day will be tree planting at the Nocturnal House to create a host food  plantation for the Atlas Moth.

When: Sunday 27 November 2016 9:15am - 12:15pm

Where: 1048 Cox Peninsula Rd Berry Springs, NT


Conservation Volunteers Australia

Volunteer Projects

1. Mondays
Birds of the Top End- Bird Surveys (8:30am start – 2:30pm finish)

2. Tuesdays and Wednesdays Evening
Twilight Toad busters (5:45pm start - 9pm finish)

3. Thursdays
Mulching the Pit – Tropical Food Gardening (8:30am start– 3:30pm finish)

4. Fridays
Beautify the Beaches of Darwin - Marine Debris (8:30am start – 2:00pm finish)


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