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In this edition:

1. Help us paint the office
2. Darwin regional land use plan deadline extended

3. Water use court case

1. Help us paint the office

The Environment Centre NT is giving its offices a new coat of paint! Thanks to our friends at Green Ant Painting and Dulux, we have paint to re-do the walls. 



But we could still use your help! If you can help paint, or donate some drop-sheets next week, call Peter on 08 8981 1984 or email admin@ecnt.org.


2. Darwin regional land use plan deadline extended



Thankfully the Minister has extended the deadline for comment to the Final Darwin Regional Land Use Plan until 16 January, please use this opportunity to make your voice heard! 

Go here to comment on the Plan. 

Ask for the stunning coral reefs and coastline at Glyde Point to be protected from a new 'dirty' port, for the impacts of climate change to be properly acknowledged, greater support for renewable energy and land management industries rather than continued support for polluting fossil fuels, and for our catchments to be protected from unnecessary new dam developments. 

The Environment Centre strongly supports the NT Government's decision to remove the ill-informed Elizabeth River Dam from the Plan and once again asserts that Territorians want a sustainable future for our children, not development which ignores the Territory's incredible natural and cultural values and the future needs of its communities.

You can read the Environment Centre NT's submission to the Draft Darwin Regional Land Use Plan here.

3. Water use court case


Photo by Lisa McTiernan

The Environment Centre NT wishes to thank our fantastic legal team - David Morris of the Environmental Defenders Office NT, along with barristers Alastair Wyvill and Nick Kelly for representing us so well in the Supreme Court on December 15 at no cost to the Environment Centre.  

Without the generous support of our legal team, and ongoing support from our staff, board, members and the community, we would not have been able to run the case.

The Environment Centre NT also wishes to thank all those community members and industry leaders who came out earlier that day in the extreme heat to stand up for our Top End rivers. We acknowledge The Wilderness Society and Northern Land Council for their support.

We are proud to have had the opportunity to work together with others to hold the Minister for Land Resource Management to account for his review of water licence decisions, despite both the Environment Centre NT and the Environmental Defenders Office NT suffering total cuts in operational funding.

We feel this case demonstrates the ongoing need for community environmental groups to be supported in shining a light on important environmental issues.

Justice Hiley has reserved his decision on the case.  We expect that His Honour will hand down his decision some time in early 2015.

Keep posted to the Environment Centre Facebook page and Turtle Times for updates - this is a landmark case!

Please visit our website for more information, to sign the petition or to donate now.

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