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Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts



Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts

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Biodiversity Conservation Division Developed and maintained close collaboration between wildlife scientists and Indigenous rangers for survey and management of threatened species as well as the control of feral vertebrates on the Tiwi Islands (with Tiwi Land Council), Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa Land Council), north-eastern Arnhem Land and Upper Daly Land Trust areas (Northern Land Council), and Tanami Desert, Hermannsburg area and Uluru area (Central Land Council). Collaborated with pastoralists and Indigenous communities in the Victoria River District to successfully conduct a five-year aerial survey of feral horses and donkeys in accordance with the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act and the Pastoral Lands Act. Maintained close collaboration between wildlife scientists and pastoral and Indigenous landholders in Central Australia to develop a management program for feral camels. Undertook marine debris surveys as part of the Northern Territory Marine Debris Monitoring Program with Dhimurru, Anindilyakwa, Lianthawirriyarra, Marthakal, Tiwi Islands and Laynhapuy Sea Ranger Groups and Conservation Volunteers Australia. This is a major ongoing effort to mitigate the impacts of discarded fishing nets on marine life. Consulted with the public to develop a Draft Management Program for cycads. Consulted with the public for the revision of the list of threatened species in the Northern Territory. Developed with Indigenous communities a pilot study to implement the international community-based SeagrassWatch program to monitor the status and health of intertidal seagrass beds in the Northern Territory. Output Group: Natural Resources Developed a cane toad quarantine program in conjunction with Perkins Shipping to prevent incursions onto offshore islands. Trained Indigenous.community groups from Maningrida, Port Keats and Gove to set traps and capture problem crocodiles in their local areas. Involved school children and the community in establishing a biodiversity monitoring program in parks and other areas around Darwin. Introduced children from Maningrida High School to crocodile management and problem crocodile handling. Educated the Katherine community through pamphlets and information sheets about the importance and value of flying foxes in their natural environment. Supported community wildlife rescue and care groups in providing - a wildlife rescue service in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin and Palmerston areas. Land and Water Division Engaged with landholder groups such as the Katherine Water Advisory Committee, Roper River Landcare Group, Northern Territory Horticultural Association, Douglas Daly Progress Association, Victoria River District Conservation Association and land councils to provide information and understanding of the water, soil and vegetation resources relevant to their requirements. Provided Centrefarm Limited, a company established by the Central Land Council, with preliminary land and water assessments and extensive resource data information sets, maps and drawings in 23 priority locations in the southern region. N O R T H E R N -T E R R I T O S Y G O V E R N M E X T B T O S3 ? <S)P K m ? M B A L- A N N U A L R E P O R T 3

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