A call to strengthen protection measures to adequately protect creek catchments sent to 46 NT election candidates from the ECNT CreekWatch Project.
At the Meet the Creeks Forum on 18 June, 2016, thirty-five local participants gathered to visit, learn and share their knowledge about three creek catchments: Ludmilla, Sandy and Mitchell Creeks. Most of the participants were experienced land and creek carers, having been involved in advocating for and restoring the health of one or more of the creeks for decades. People value creek catchments because of the aesthetic and recreational benefits they bring to communities, and for the environmental services they provide to the broader landscape. At the Forum participants listened to environmental experts, shared information, voiced concerns, and posed solutions to the most concerning threats to creek health.
The primary concern voiced by Forum participants was the need to strengthen protection, zoning, monitoring and enforcement measures to adequately protect the biodiversity and water quality of creek catchments; and for governments at all levels to more actively support and resource the protection of catchments.
We look forward to any commitments election candidates and make to further the protection of creek catchments.
Detailed recommendations and the final CreekWatch report will be available in August 2016.