Our free-flowing Top End rivers are a vital source of food and home to rich ecosystems supporting abundant fish, turtles, frogs, crocodiles, bird life, plants and other animals. The large river systems of the Daly, Katherine and Roper rivers in particular are central to many communities and play a big part in maintaining natural and cultural tourism icons such as the Barra Classic fishing competition, Nitmiluk National Park, Elsey National Park and Litchfield National Park, which support the Territory’s 1.6 billion dollar tourism industry.
Environment Centre NT is the Territory’s peak community environment group.
As you aware, the Environment Centre NT has been advocating for river health for some 33 years, in collaboration with a broad range of organisations and individuals with interests in fisheries, environmental protection, tourism, wildlife, recreation, sustainable food economies, Indigenous advancement, Indigenous culture, public health, science, caring for country and social welfare.
The Environment Centre NT represents the interests of its 300 members and thousands more supporters in advocating for river health and has significant experience in raising awareness of the benefits of maintaining healthy Top End Rivers. Over this period, ECNT has participated in water reform through its membership on several advisory committees, as well as through many detailed submissions to water licence applications, the Darwin Harbour Plan of Management, Darwin Regional Land Use Plan, Developing Northern Australia White Paper and many others.