Australia’s Top End has become synonymous with ‘global biodiversity hotspot’, ‘tourist mecca’, ‘angler’s paradise’ and where Indigenous communities maintain a continuing connection with saltwater country.
On the whole, the region’s coasts and seas remain in very good condition and are part of the global centre for marine biodiversity. They are a natural treasure trove, their good health essential to maintaining culture, economy, lifestyle and livelihoods. But Territorians are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about existing and future threats to Top End environments – and a lifestyle that nothing down south comes close to it.
Without improved protection and management, the Top End is at risk of going the same way as many degraded areas in southern and eastern Australia. For a place with such an enviable outdoor lifestyle, this would be devastating and undermine the cultural heritage of Indigenous communities, the tourism industry and the regional economy.