Save Lee Point
The natural beauty and biodiversity at Lee Point is under threat.
The encouraging news is that the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP (Minister for Environment and Water) is considering the presence of the Gouldian Finches and the Lee Point development.
Read August Newsletter
Lee Point Corridor is about to be destroyed by undemocratic decisions – why it needs protecting
Gouldian Finches and interstate visitors think the Corridor is special … read more.
See Lee Point underground art in WW11 Tunnels – Open daily 9-4pm
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION CLICK HERE
The destruction of Lee Point Corridor by government is not OK. Darwin needs sustainable development not an urban sprawl.
One stage (out of 8) has already been destroyed. Please write a letter to your Elected Representatives and media.
Why the Lee Point housing development is controversial… Read more
The petition calls on the NT Parliament to: “place a moratorium on the current development proposal for Lee Point until the NT Planning Commission has developed a comprehensive Area Plan for the whole of Lee Point.”
The NT Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment can stop the current Lee Point development, and has the powers to revoke or modify development permits and amend the NT Planning Scheme, read Save Lee Point – FAQ or print FAQ pdf copy. The Minister is allowing this development to proceed and ignoring the significant issues outlined below.
Planning for Lee Point explains why we need a comprehensive Area Plan for the whole of Lee Point. Prior to 2020, most people were not aware of the NT Government’s 2015 Lee Point Area Plan and that this plan would lead to a significant portion of Lee Point being bulldozed for housing. Nearly everyone (who knows about it) is opposed to this plan, read Letters to the Editor – NT News Friends of Lee Point (refer Campaign Page) believe this is a much better option – Lee Point Area Map
City of Darwin voted overwhelmingly (11 for and 1 against) in favour of saving Lee Point on the 12 Oct 2021 and have made a similar request to the petition (see above) to the NT Government – Times Have Changed talk
Gouldian Finches are endangered and breeding in the immediate vicinity of the development area. Developments should not take place in areas where endangered species are breeding without a comprehensive assessment. The last environmental assessment in 2018 had occurrence of the Gouldian Finch as “Unlikely” – clearly this is not the case now, read Gouldian Finch Irruption at Lee Point
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.
A comprehensive Area Plan for the whole of Lee Point is needed
We need your support to make this happen.
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.