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Protecting Jobs and our Marine Environment
Protecting Jobs and our Marine Environment

24 July 2016 - ​Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles today outlined how a Labor Government would preserve the Territory’s precious marine resources.

Ms Fyles said Territory Labor understood that protecting marine ecosystems was crucial for creating jobs, maintaining our lifestyle and safeguarding indigenous cultural values.

“The Territory is home to unique and precious marine habitats,” Ms Fyles said.

“These habitats support an incredible array of flora and fauna, thousands of jobs in our fishing, tourism, aquaculture and research industries, and are a crucial source of cultural value for Indigenous Territorians.

“There are many threats facing the health of our marine environment.

“Recent mangrove deaths and coral bleaching both in the Territory and across Australia show the vulnerability of these ecosystems to changes in climate.

“A Territory Labor Government will manage our marine resources by listening to the community, respecting science and investing in innovative partnerships and programs which build knowledge and management capabilities.

A Territory Labor Government will:

  • Develop a Coastal and Marine Management Strategy that will safeguard our coasts boosting recreational fishing opportunities, preventing damaging pollution, foster sustainable industries and safeguard the Territory’s unique lifestyle
  • Reinstate the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee to develop a comprehensive plan of management for Darwin Harbour
  • Invest $400 000 to develop a comprehensive plan of management for Limmen Bight Marine Park which protects of the rich biodiversity of the region, supports Indigenous aspirations for economic development opportunities and management of the area, and protects access for recreational anglers
  • Provide $200 000 to the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University for urgent mangrove research to understand the threats posed by climate change and possible adaption strategies to pursue
  • Stop the CLP’s plans to expand Bayview and the resulting mangrove destruction

Together with Territory Labor’s polices to support Indigenous ranger groups, strengthen and streamline environmental regulation, and sustainably manage our ground water resources, these new initiatives provide for an integrated and science based approach to protecting these vital habitats.

“Unfortunately climate change is not the only threat facing the Territory’s marine environment,” Ms Fyles said.

“The appalling record of Adam Giles and his CLP Government includes:

  • A significant deterioration in the health of Darwin Harbour according the Government’s own report cards
  • Major developments like Port Melville taking place in sensitive marine habitats without any environmental assessment
  • Regular disdain shown for scientific advice and community views on important environmental issues like the management of the Darwin Harbour and water resources across the Territory
  • Ad hoc development approvals without any consideration given to the cumulative environmental and economic impacts of such decisions

“Our marine environment and the jobs, lifestyles and culture that rely on it simply can’t afford another four years of Adam Giles and his CLP Government.”

 

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