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EnvironmeNT : the newsletter of the Environment Centre NT



EnvironmeNT : the newsletter of the Environment Centre NT


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July / August 2004 Page 2 The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed massive industrial estate on the pristine coastal and marine environment at Glyde Pt, 40km NE of Darwin, is now being worked on somewhere in the bowels of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment (DIPE). The project, if approved, will involve clearing several thousand hectares of rainforest, mangroves and woodlands, as well as dredging a new port and in-filling 1,500 hectares of marine environment. The development is supposed to cater for future gas-related industrial projects such as smelters, chemical factories, etc. ECNT and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) have written to the Chief Minister urging a government rethink on this project: Glyde Point industrial development: ECNT urges government rethink ECNT and AMCS request of the Martin Government: We request a public strategic review of the gas-related industrialisation of the NT, conducted by a government appointed Panel or Commission, that documents the full range of environmental, social, cultural and economic issues, and makes recommendations on how to optimise the benefits and minimise the costs and impacts. This process needs to take place before any approvals are given for further speculative developments such as Glyde Point. Glyde Pt; photo Jacinda Brown Greenies turning BLUE! Look out treehuggers, the fish lovers are coming through! Adele Pedder, AMCS The felling of a tree is very visible destruction and can threaten to occur in your backyard. However, the offshore slaughter of 1000s of sharks for their fins or the destruction of a seagrass bed most often occurs unseen. Out of sight, out of mind so the saying goes. Conservation and management of the marine environment has historically received too little attention in government, community and environmental movement spheres. The Northern Territory is the worst culprit of all Australia. But things are changing! Recognition of the threats facing our oceans is on the increase and changes within the environment movement are testimony to this. This years National Environmental Conservation Forum saw marine campaigns surge to the forefront of Australias conservation challenges alongside treeclearing and climate change. Further, the National Marine Campaigners Workshop at the beginning of the month saw more than 40 marine greenies come together to strengthen the national movement, a gathering somewhat larger than ever before in Australia. History has shown, from the Franklin to Jabiluka, that it is the environment movement that affects change by bringing issues into mainstream society. The expansion of the marine greeny movement is very encouraging and we may very well soon see the marine environment receiving the attention it deserves. Go the fishes!