Save Lee Point

The natural beauty and biodiversity of the Lee Point peninsula is under threat.

People calling on the planning minister (Joel Bowden) to revoke the planning permit(s) that allows the majority of old growth trees to be cleared from the Lee Point peninsula – photo taken at Lee Point 31 March 2024.


Casuarina Coastal Reserve as a Park – read FLP/PLAN Submission, closes 22 April 2024 – Have your say

Voices of the Top End – Kitchen Table report launch – 23 April, 6.30pm at Railway Club. Affordable housing is a concern in Darwin but has been ignored at Lee Point – read Independent Housing Report on Lee Point


Lee Point Art Project 2024View entries by artists or listen to the Thin Green Line – “On which side of the thin green line do your footprints fall?”. Original artworks exhibited at Art Warehouse, 23 Daly St, Darwin 4-18 April 2024.


Sundays at Lee Point – Art, talks and wilderness walks, from 4.30pm

Wilderness Walks – Free self-guided walks 7am Saturday and 5pm Sunday. Latest Lee Point Dam bird sightings at ebird


Is Cabinet going to allow developers (with vested interests) to create Area Plans for their projects? 
If the answer is NO, then what is Cabinet going to do to fix the Lee Point Area Plan (created by a developer) so that it reflects the needs and wishes of the community? A list of Cabinet members is in the April newsletter.

Read our April newsletter 

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Donate to Save Lee Point – see bottom of Take Action page


No comprehensive Area Plan exists for the whole of Lee Point peninsula yet close to 40% of it is now planned for development. Darwin’s First Nations people (Larrakia) want alternative sites looked at for housing as do most Darwin residents but further bulldozing could take place at Lee Point on 31 March 2024. TAKE ACTION – Send a letter now to Assistant Defence Minister Matt Thistlethwaite (minister directly responsible for DHA) to halt the bulldozers from destroying critical old growth woodland at Lee Point for housing. If you have already had a response email from the minister you might like to send a reply like this Take Action


The current (DHA) Lee Point Area Plan and housing project leaves many questions unanswered – refer Planning for Lee Point, here are a few:

1.0 Has government abandoned its environmental offset policy?

Environmental offsets are only supposed to be used as a last resort after avoidance and mitigation measures have been exhausted. To date, there is no evidence that any other locations were investigated by DHA to avoid using an offset at Lee Point for the endangered Black-footed Tree-rat or endangered Gouldian Finch. Some potential sites for investigation are given below.

Map showing Lee Point peninsula – Stage 1 cleared, with Stage 2 next and future clearing with a red border, 50m buffer (announced) for Gouldian Finches.
The measures taken to protect Gouldian finch habitat at Lee Point has been described by scientists we have spoken to as being “tokenistic”.


Partial clearing of Black-footed Tree-rat and Gouldian Finch habitat in Stage 2 by DHA, July 2023.


2.0 What happened to ending deforestation by 2030?

Australia along with over half the world’s nations have agreed to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. Lee Point peninsula is home to approximately 700 old growth trees and the DHA project will clear over half of them.

Protecting the old growth trees (tree hollows) at Lee Point is about protecting Darwin’s last wildlife corridor, Darwin’s biodiversity and ultimately the quality of life of future generations. Please read this executive summary

3.0  Why isn’t Government addressing Darwin’s housing affordability crisis?

Approximately 600 out of the 800 houses at Lee Point are for the public, but these houses are not near (frequent) public transport and will not help address Darwin’s housing affordability crisis. The project should have a mix of affordable housing (refer independent housing report) and be located where it will deliver a public benefit – the taxpayer is underwriting this $0.4B housing project.

Most people prior to 2020 were unaware of the DHA development. Under the 2015 Notice of Intent (see Sec 2.2.2) it has buildings up to 12 storeys high proposed for Lee Point. A Gold Coast development but hotter?


Posts from Friends of Lee Point

Planning for Lee Point

Lee Point – a special part of Darwin

Darwin’s large woodland trees – a preliminary study

Lee Point: protecting critical habitat and Darwin’s last wildlife corridor

Images of 2021, Images of 2022, Images of 2023

Images from Lee Point Biodiversity Corridor



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


Stage 1 (out of a total of 8) was cleared in 2021 and part of Stage 2 was cleared in 2023 representing a 10-15% loss of the old-growth trees at Lee Point. 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 compromises the tourism industry. Who is benefiting from this? The Lee Point project is controversial

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 planned a development to house thousands of people on the Lee Point peninsula. This development is unnecessary and will lead to:

  • severe impact on people’s enjoyment of the Lee Point peninsula,
  • 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 Planning for Lee Point.


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


We need your support to make this happen.

Lee Point Photos and Videos
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Lee Point - A morning with the Gouldians - rare finches with the Nikon Z9
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Lee Point Darter 2022 06
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Lee Point open eucalypt forest

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