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Protecting Limmen Bight – Protecting Jobs, Lifestyle and Culture
Protecting Limmen Bight – Protecting Jobs, Lifestyle and Culture

24 July 2016 - Shadow Environment Minister and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, today announced how a Territory Labor Government would safeguard the future of Limmen Bight while creating jobs and protecting lifestyle and culture.

Mr McCarthy said the creation of Limmen Bight Marine Park by Labor in 2012 had been a big step forward, but unfortunately progressed had stalled under Adam Giles and his CLP Government.

“Limmen Bight is a special part of the Gulf, rich in marine life, including extensive seagrass beds and mangrove forests supporting commercial and recreational fishing, and the Territory’s largest population of dugongs, as well as dolphins and turtles,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Limmen Bight is iconic for Territory anglers, for its catches of mud crabs, barramundi reef fish and prawns.

“However, this important area like many others along our coast is faced with new and concerning pressures including seabed mining and extensive mangrove die-off.

“By the end of 2019 a Territory Labor Government will complete Limmen Bight Marine Park by finalising sensible, science based and well consulted management arrangements.”

A Territory Labor Government will invest $400 000 to:

  • Ensure adequate funding to conduct a comprehensive consultation process, ongoing management and fair fisheries structural adjustment;
  • Ensure a ban on seabed mining in the park - seabed mining is not compatible with a healthy marine environment in such as sensitive area;
  • Seek to create and support ongoing employment opportunities for local Traditional Owners via cooperative management and coordination with Labor’s Indigenous Rangers support initiatives;
  • Identify opportunities for sustainable and well managed tourism in the region through a properly consultative process;
  • Develop the management arrangements in accordance with formal and accepted consultation processes under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and Native Title Act; and
  • Develop a best practice monitoring and evaluation framework in cooperation with Traditional Owners and other stakeholders.

“Labor’s plan while provide an innovative model of marine management which protects biodiversity, respects indigenous culture, safeguards lifestyle and creates sustainable jobs,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Only Labor can be trusted to get it right and protect Limmen Bight.”

 

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Water allocations to be open, transparent and sustainable under a Labor Government
Water allocations to be open, transparent and sustainable under a Labor Government

3 March 2016 - Shadow Minister for the Environment, Gerry McCarthy, and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Policy, Ken Vowles, today pledged to return integrity, sustainability and consultation to water policy in the Northern Territory. 

 

Mr McCarthy said a Territory Labor Government would reject the CLP’s arrogant, dishonest and unsustainable approach to allocating water.

 

“Territorians are appalled by the way the CLP and former Minister Westra Van Holthe have ignored the science, refused to consult and failed to follow proper processes when allocating water,” Mr McCarthy said.

 

“Information recently obtained by Territory Labor shows that many aquifers are either over allocated or at the limits of their sustainable yield.

 

“Territory Labor’s strong track record of protecting the Daly, listening to the community and being guided by science will once again inform our approach to water policy.”

 

A Territory Labor Government will:

  • Ensure that mining and petroleum operations are subject to the water act and must apply for water licenses;
  • Install a "water for purpose" principle within the allocation and licensing provisions to stop over claiming of water for profit only;
  • Reinstate Strategic Indigenous Reserves and ensure specific structures are in place to guarantee Indigenous Territorians a real say in water allocation that affects their interests;
  • Conduct an independent review, at arm’s length from government, of all water licenses granted since August 2012 to see that proper process was followed;
  • Conduct an independent scientific review of all water modelling for allocation plans; and
  • Return to the consultative approach to water planning – water advisory committees, open water planning process, listening to stakeholders.

 

“Only a Labor Government can be trusted to allocate water in a way which secures the long-term health of our environment and the many industries that rely on it,” Mr Vowles said.

 

“And only a Labor Government can be trusted to do so in a way they treats all stakeholder fairly.”

 

Click here for Policy document – Sustainable Water Use

 

Media contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794

 


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