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Tiwi Land Council Environment News Page 2 March 2005 Tiwi Times Turtle Work To Continue For Another Year Last year we started a turtle research partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that looked at the nesting and movement of turtles around the Tiwi Is lands. We got a lot of useful information in 2004, and have now received additional funding to continue the project in 2005. From last years work, we found that some of the big gest issues for turtle management on the Tiwi Islands are: 1. Dogs digging up nests are the biggest problem for hatching turtles. 2. Some people are concerned that turtle numbers are going down around the Islands. While there is not a lot of rubbish on Tiwi beaches, discarded nets and plastic are still a problem. This year we will continue gathering information about the issues facing turtle populations around the Islands. In addition, we will be looking at ways to make sure that the turtle population continues to pro vide for tomorrows Tiwi. Some of the activities we have planned for 2005 in clude: Looking at ways to minimise the impact of dogs on turtle nests. Continuing to measure the nesting and hatching success on Tiwi beaches. Talking to elders about the numbers of turtles around the Islands. Talking to hunters about different methods of hunting. Linking up with Munupi Arts and Pirlangimpi School on the Green Turtle Dreaming Project. By the end of the year we hope to have a number of things that can be put into place to help keep the turtle population healthy for future generations. Emergency Cyclone Relief Fund Some people and families have had their property lost or destroyed as a result of Cyclone Ingrid. Staff from the Department of Health and Community Services have been visiting communities on the Tiwi Islands to ask each person if they lost any property and to talk about the help they need to get back on their feet. There are funds that can be used to replace essential items. The type of items which can be replaced are: mat tresses, bedding, pillows, pots and pans, plates and cutlery, refrigerators, washing machines. These things can only be replaced if they were lost or damaged in the cyclone. The fund will not pay for TVs, videos, DVD players etc. The fund will only pay for things that are really needed to move back into houses. If you have missed out on seeing someone when they visited your community, you can still ask for someone to come and speak with you. Ring Hannah Moran on 89 228 687.

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