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Credits: Paul Hoelen Tasmanian Photographer on his recent trip up north -  Kakadu National Park -PHOTO OF THE MONTH

From the Director

Dear ECNT members and supporters,

Thank you to all our members and supporters who have engaged with us either through end of financial year donations, attending our Transitions Film Festival or our recent supporters' event. The dry season brings us many choices, so it has been wonderful to have great turn out's for our events and your continued support.

This coming month will be filled with many choices with the Darwin Festival coming up. We urge you to put two important events in your diary. The first is the Open Cut Exhibition with the official opening night being the 10 August. As described by the exhibition holders 'Open Cut serves as an outlet for members of the Borroloola community to raise their concerns over McArthur River Mine, giving voice to those who represent the human cost of development'.

The other date to keep in mind is Sustainable House Day being run by ECNT on Sunday 20 August. This is an opportunity to experience what sustainably built tropical houses feel and look like. Stay tuned for further details. 

The presentations to the hydraulic fracturing panel continue this week. Please make the effort to be informed and watch the presentations online, check out the link below.     

Public Hearing - Fracking Inquiry

Open Cut Exhibition

Open Cut  is An exhibition of photographic portraits by Therese Ritchie forms the core of the exhibition, supported by paintings by Jacky Green.

The works overall represent a collection of Garawa voices from Borroloola in the Gulf region of the NT in response to the impact of development and mining in particular on their country. Ritchie’s portraits continue a recent development in her photo-based practice where the body of the subject/sitter is inscribed with text that has been chosen/stated by the sitter; the works are highly collaborative in their construction and in this case facilitated by Jacky Green and Sean Kerins, a Canberra-based anthropol- ogist who has researched and written extensively on the Gulf region and related cultural and economic issues, and who has previously collaborated with Jacky Green to present exhibitions in Melbourne and Canberra.

This show is to coincide with the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery NT, Darwin; part of Darwin Festival program.

Transitions Film Festival Darwin 2017

We want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who made the Transition Film Festival Darwin such a great success. 

Spanning over fours days, with four venues across Darwin and Palmerston, we showed six engaging documentaries as a part of the Darwin Fringe Festival. The support of the Darwin and Palmerston community was outstanding.

At our opening night on the Nightcliff Foreshore, we had over 200 people who come along to watch the documentary A Plastic Ocean. This overwhelming beginning led nicely into a relaxed Sunday at the Museum and Art Gallery NT, where we showed the documentaries New Economy and Reuse.

Monday and Tuesday at the Deckchair cinema also did not disappoint! We left with more insight into renewable energy and the importance of seeds. The documentaries where Power to Change and Seed the Untold Story. We were also given a good lesson about the negative impacts of the fashion industry at Goyder Square with the film RiverBlue.

ECNT would like to acknowledge and express our gratitude our sponsor who made this festival possible. Solar Futures - our major sponsor,
City of Palmerston, Inspiring Australia and off the leash magazine. we also would like to thank you to our supporters who help us with prizes for our raffle. The Readback Books for a gorgeous painting, COOLmob for a home energy Efficiency Audit  and Lucky Bat Cafe, for a $50 voucher.

Please support these businesses whenever you can as they have supported us over many years.


The Wildlife Book- Crowdfunding Campaign is live!

After five years of hard work this fascinating and informative book is close to being published, but we need your help! 

The ECNT crowdfunding campaign for  "A guide to Wildlife and protected areas of the Top End" is live and your support will help get the books to print. By contributing to this campaign, you can also secure your own copy of this unique field guide.
This will be the first broad-coverage handbook for wildlife of northern NT, including 700 species in a single volume. Through this project we aim to raise awareness about our wildlife and provide accurate and helpful information to the wider public.

For more information about how you can support this crowdfunding campaign and get your very own copy, click the button below.
Support the crowdfunding
Please share and spread the word.

Frack Free NT Update

Wow! What a busy couple of weeks we’re having!
The Katherine Show stall held by Don’t Frack Katherine was a great success, with show goers showing their support by getting No Fracking signs for their fences and stickers for their cars. Most of the other show stalls also got into the No Fracking spirit by proudly displaying No Fracking triangles. The main road through the show was lined with yellow triangles, giving Michael Gunner and the other MLA’s a good reminder that we want a Frack Free NT.
Volunteers wanted for Darwin Show
Let’s make the Frack Free NT stall at the Darwin Show a huge success too! We will be across from the Territory Labor and CLP stalls, so it is vitally important that we have as many volunteers as possible making our stall as vibrant, busy and popular as we can. Our politicians need to see that the majority of Territorians oppose fracking.
To volunteer at the show stall, please contact Pauline on 0438 686 144, or just turn up.
It was awesome to have so many people attend the public speaking workshop and media training on the weekend. Next time we’ll have a bigger venue! Many people who came asked for more information on fracking. Here are two articles which contain links to scientific documents:  
We will be having a submission writing workshop at the Environment Centre at 11am, Sunday 27th August.
There will also be a submission writing workshop in Katherine on the 11th August.
Please call Pauline on 0438 686 144 for more details.
Submissions to the NT Fracking Inquiry are due at the end of August. 
For more information about the Fracking Inquiry’s hearings and submissions visit:

Do you have any great shots from Jabiluka Campaign?


Next year marks 20 years since the extraordinary Jabiluka blockade. To celebrate the campaign that brought thousands of people together in support of Mirarr and stopped a uranium mine against the odds, Gundjeihmi  Aboriginal Corporation is planning some special events.

Gundjeihmi is working  to produce a commemorative calendar for release in 2018 and they need your photos to make it happen. Please have a dig through your archives. Gundjeihmi is looking for pictures of the Kakadu blockade but also shots of Gundjeihmi actions round the country, media clips, you name it, we'd love to see them!

For more details visit Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Facebook page

Please share and spread the word.

Sustainable House Day 2017

Sustainable House Day (SHD) is happening on Sunday 20 August in Darwin, from 10am to 3pm. It is part of a national day of open sustainable houses (note the national event runs on 17th Sep).

This year’s event will be very diverse experience of what sustainability can be in the Top End. We have a mix of architect-designed homes, renovated homes and homes that are well-lived in over the years.

Visitors will be able to see and meet very different people who are committed to reducing their eco footprint through the house they live in.

Come along and experience what sustainable houses look and feel like: homes that use less energy and water, homes built with sustainable materials and who have invested in renewable energy, and in Darwin, especially homes built to keep cool in the hot tropics with minimal energy use.

Visitors will tour each home, see what the homeowner or architect has done to create beautiful, efficient, comfortable tropical homes. 

You will have the chance to meet the homeowner and ask questions, to learn how it’s possible to create your own sustainable home and garden.

On the day, visitors to SHD will also gain special access to experts in areas of green living and energy efficient products and learn more about how to live more sustainably.  

The event is free!

For more information and to book visit:

(The addresses of each house will be announced the week before the event) also COOLmob is also looking for volunteers to help host at each home

contact or (08) 89811984 if you’re interested.

Call out for volunteer for Sustainable House Day!

Call out for Volunteers for Sustainable House Day
COOLmob is also looking for volunteers to help with Sustainable House Day. The success of this event is reliant on volunteers and we do highly value your contribution. We require 15 guides and 10 hosts to be spread across 5 private homes ie 3 guides and 2 hosts per house. Hosts and guides are required to help with set up and pack down of the event, and to greet and manage the general public visiting 5 open houses.
If you have an interest in sustainability, are friendly and approachable, and are able to work as part of a team then please get in contact with COOlmob: or (08) 89811984 if you’re interested.
Date: 20 August 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4pm

Climate Action Darwin Update


City of Darwin – will you commit to a Cities Power Partnership?

Climate Action Darwin wants the City of Darwin election candidates to commit to do more to tackle climate change.

We believe our local council can and should take a leadership role on this issue, like the City of Adelaide or the City of Melbourne.

All candidates will be asked support the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership (Alice Springs has already signed on!) and commit to a carbon reduction target for Darwin municipality.

When you bump into candidates, ask them if they received our request and congratulate them if they pledge support it.  

Join us…
Do you want to take action on Climate Change but don’t know where to start? Your first step is to join Climate Action Darwin on Facebook or sign up to our e-mail list Link
Sing up to Climate Change Darwin
Find out what local events and activities are happening and how you can get involved.

ECNT Supporter Social Event


Thank you to our supporters who joined us at the Railway club for our social event last Thursday - 20th of July. 

Keep Top End Coasts Healthy (KTECH) and the Environment Centre NT  were so excited to see over 70 supporters who came along to share a drink, meal and chat. During the evening we were able to give an update about what the ECNT is working on and our upcoming projects and events.

We enjoyed the opportunity to talk with our supporters and get feedback from them. Our supporters also found out how to get more involved in our projects to protect the environment and the places we love in the NT.

For those who missed it, we will have more events like this in the near future so keep connected!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events.

Who Gives a Crap products Co-Op is now open for orders! 


Darwin and beyond - Darwin's only Who Gives a Crap products Co-Op is now open for orders! 

Through Darwin Gives A Crap you can buy the best bum, wallet, enviroment and world friendly toilet paper so together we can all save on postage and price per box by buying in bulk.

We have steamlined ordering to be make it easier and quicker for us all and love to hear your feedback. 

Please order and pay  for:

  • 100% RECYCLED toilet paper - 48 double length rolls to a carton @ $46/carton
  • PREMIUM toilet paper - 48 double length rolls to a carton @ $52/carton

These prices INCLUDE freight and gst.  How good is that!  Pick up is from Yarrawonga, NT only.

More Information

Update from Conservation Volunteers


We have a big month ahead of us with lots of exciting projects during the end of July and all of August. If you want to add some new skills to your resume, meet like-minded people and see sites of conservation importance, join for a day!
About Conservation Volunteers

We run conservation projects most days throughout the year. Volunteering with us is about joining when you can and/or want to, there is no regular time commitment required. There is also no training or prior experience needed before joining us – we will show you everything you need to know on the day.
Click here to watch a YouTube video that provides important information about volunteering with us.
What project can I join?
We run many projects each week, all year round. These projects change monthly so it is easiest to check on the website.
We need bookings for each project we run as limited numbers of volunteers can attend each day. Bookings can be made via the web link website and for your first booking you will need to complete the online Registration Form.

I recommend you make bookings in advance as places can be limited at times. You can also email or call (08) 8981 3206 for further information.

July/August Projects
 Atlas Moth Project
  • Beach Cleans followed by a Marine Debris Survey
  • Twilight Toadbusting – How many can you catch in a night?
  • Bush Restoration at various sites around Darwin
for more information visit:

Vacancy on our Committee…

Are you passionate about the Environment Centre NT and would love to contribute. ECNT has a two casual vacancies on our Management Committee. You can apply by filling in the nomination form below and send us a brief bio or your current CV to . This position will be held during 2017 until our AGM in November.

The ECNT board is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the Director and management and ensuring appropriate standards of governance and financial control. It is an essential job and ensures community participation in the ECNT. The board meets once a month, currently the third Tuesday in the month. Meetings take place in the evening from about 5.15 pm to 7.30 pm.


Download the Nomination Form

Photo of the Month

Credits: Paul Hoelen Tasmanian Photographer on his recent trip up north -  Kakadu National Park

Paul Hoelen is a passionate travel and landscape photographer and visual artist currently hailing from the wild island of Tasmania. Photo-documenting a 15-year career in Wilderness Adventure Therapy helped cultivate his belief and passion for the power of wild areas to bring healing, reflection and balance to people’s lives and how imagery can support this process. He has just journeyed through the Darwin and Kakadu region of NT to produce some imagery in his own unique style, one of which you see below…

“I like to travel to vast and remote areas where I can connect with the raw wildness and energy of the natural world in its purest forms. Approaching it from the air can often reveals an astounding insight into and reminder of the complexity and interconnectedness of the earths intricate systems

This image speaks to me in this way through the subtle shapes and patterning in the tendrils of the mangroves – a pattern I find repeats itself the world over in so many different ways and even internally in our own human form.”

Paul is a Master of Photography in Australia, Fellow of the NZIPP and currently the six times Tasmanian Landscape Photographer of the Year.

To view some more exquisite imagery from his recent aerial exploration of the far north print – follow this link

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Make a donation today to support the ECNT's work. Your donation will be spent on maintaining a strong environmental voice in the territory. This is needed now more than ever.

The Mulch Pit Community Garden: Two day Natural Bee keeping Course

The Mulch Pit and SimpleREV Local Darwin is proud to be hosting this course by Adrian Iodice, one of Australia’s leading pioneers of natural beekeeping.

You will learn about the intimate life of a Honey Bee colony (The Bee-ing), how to catch and relocate a swarm and the fundamentals to start up and manage a colony of your own.

We will talk about a number of different hives and discuss the pros and cons of them all.

The course covers the types of equipment you will need to catch swarms and to manage your Kenyan Top Bar hive.

Where: The Mulch Pit, 21 Cummins Street, Rapid Creek

When:   Aug 5 and Aug 6, at 9:30 am to 3 pm 
Lakeside Drive Community Garden : Hugelkultur

The term was coined in the 1970s in Germany, but the technique has probably been used for thousands of years. To put it simply: it is a raised bed on a pile of logs and branches.

Recently the council chopped down several dead trees, giving us all the raw material we need to build one.
So come and learn about the advantages and variations of this technique and help us build one.
Presented by Dirk Peek.

This is a hands-on workshop, so so sturdy, closed footwear and gloves are recommended.
Where: Lakeside Drive Community Garden, Alawa
When:  Sunday, August 6 at 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
 Open Cut

An exhibition of photographic portraits by Therese Ritchie forms the core of the exhibition, supported by paintings by Jacky Green. The works overall represent a collection of Garawa voices from Borroloola in the Gulf region of the NT in response to the impact of development and mining in particular on their country.

Where: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Vimy Lane, Parap Darwin, NT

When: Thursday 10 August, 6pm

More info:

Sustainable House Day

Sustainable House Day (SHD) is happening on Sunday 20 August in Darwin, from 10am to 3pm. It is part of a national day of open sustainable houses.

This year’s event will be very diverse experience of what sustainability can be in the Top End. We have a mix of architect-designed homes, renovated homes and homes that are well-lived in over the years.

Visitors will be able to see and meet very different people who are committed to reducing their eco footprint through the house they live in.

Where: several venues

When: Sunday 20 August, from 10am to 3pm

More info: 

Harvest Corner Community Garden: Sunday Working Bee

A morning of good, honest work in the garden is the perfect antidote to an indoor working week! A great opportunity to come along and have a chat to the members of Harvest Corner community garden, share your expertise, ask questions and get some gardening tips that you can use in your own garden at home. Whatever your skills or capacity, there will be something you can help with.

Where: Cnr Essington Ave & Victoria Drive, Gray

When: Sunday, August 20 at 8 AM - 10 AM

More info:

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