Save Lee Point

The natural beauty and biodiversity at Lee Point is under threat.

The good news is that the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP (Minister for Environment and Water) confirmed in April 2023 that Lee Point has Gouldian Finch habitat* and supports a proper scientific evaluation. A summary of Gouldian Finches sightings in Darwin is here.

*Gouldians use tree hollows for breeding. These are found in large woodland trees – 70% of the large woodland trees at Lee Point are in the defence housing project area. 


Read our Newsletter – May 2023


What to do next?

Sign the petition : this NEW petition calls on the (two) shareholder ministers of DHA to intervene, stop the defence housing project at Lee Point and relocate it to a more suitable area.

Recent papers:

Images of 2022

Lee Point – a special part of Darwin

Darwin’s large woodland trees – a preliminary study

Images from Lee Point Biodiversity Corridor


Lee Point corridor needs protecting if Gouldian Finches and other threatened species are going to increase in number.


The destruction of Lee Point Corridor by government is not OK. Darwin needs sustainable development not an urban sprawl.

Stage 1 (out of a total of 8) has already been destroyed. Planning for Lee Point explains why we need a comprehensive Area Plan for the whole of Lee Point by the NT Planning Commission before any significant development should be allowed. Government is subsidising an urban sprawl at Lee Point that destroys some of the last intact tropical habitat in Darwin and compromises the tourism industry. Who is benefiting from this? The Lee Point housing development is controversial... Read more

Young people like Lee Point, see their art at;
Lee Point underground art in WW11 Tunnels – Open daily 9-4pm



Lee Point is an irreplaceable asset that contains over half of Casuarina Coastal Reserve (CCR). CCR attracts over one million visits each year because of its natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Friends of Lee Point (FLP) is a non-profit Darwin community based group seeking to protect the Lee Point environment and our quality of life.

The Lee Point Area Plan approved in 2015 (without NT Planning Commission involvement) allows housing at Lee Point. This Plan is focused on the disused Defence land. Defence Housing Australia (DHA) which is wholly owned by the Australian Government has proposed a development (see below) to house thousands of people at Lee Point. 

Housing at Lee Point is unnecessary and will lead to:

  • severe impact on people’s enjoyment of Lee Point,
  • traffic congestion, 
  • increased travel time and car dependency,
  • increased CO2 emissions,
  • considerable loss of habitat and wildlife, and
  • significant costs for the taxpayer.

In short, it leads to an urban sprawl ; refer to INFO page.

Much better housing options exist eg. Northcrest (Berrimah Farm) which fit the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan


A comprehensive Area Plan for the whole of Lee Point is needed


We need your support to make this happen.

Location map of proposed Lee Point development

About one square kilometre or 20% of Lee Point will be cleared under the 2015 Lee Point Area Plan including the habitat below.

The endangered Black Footed Tree Rat relies on this type of habitat and has been recorded in the area.

Lee Point open eucalypt forest
Lee Point Photos and Videos
Lee Point - As If One Bird ©CVasseleu as if one bird All Rights Reserved H 264
Lee Point - A morning with the Gouldians - rare finches with the Nikon Z9
Lee Point Finch Gouldian 2022 06 7686
Lee Point Finch Gouldian Finch 25 Jun m
Lee Point Finch Masked 2
Lee Point Pardolate 2022 06
Lee Point Parrot 2022 06
Lee Point Shorebirds 2
Lee Point Darter 2022 06
Lee point Black cockatoos
Gouldian Lee Point
Gouldian Lee Point
Lee Point Gouldian Lee Point

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