Environment

The activities and decisions of the Nhulunbuy Corporation have a significant impact on the health of our local and regional ecosystems and our community.

The Corporation is responsible for delivering a variety of services to the public as well as protecting, conserving and enhancing our natural environment.

We acknowledge that, to meet our statutory and community obligations, the principals of ecological sustainability development must be applied across all operations and fostered in the community.

We are committed to maintaining or enhancing the health of our natural environment and the well being and equity of our community for current and future generations.

Mosquito control

The Nhulunbuy Corporation oversees mosquito control within Nhulunbuy, the Industrial Estate and the Gove Peninsula Waste Management Facility. We also assist the Northern Territory Department of Health to gather mosquito samples which are sent to Darwin to help identify species and numbers in the area. This information is then used by the contractor to guide our fogging program.

Our fogging program is conducted throughout the year throughout known mosquito hot spots. The solution used by the fogging machine is less toxic than household insect repellents and is not harmful to humans.

If you have any questions about the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s fogging operations, please contact (08) 8939 2200.

Cane Toads

Cane Toads are prevalent throughout the Northern Territory. NT Parks and Wildlife Commission recommend three important steps to follow if you think you have found one.

Identify

Please be sure that you really do have a cane toad before killing it.

Collection

Use a safe method to collect the Cane Toad, which are toxic. The source of the toxins is a large gland on the back of the neck. It is only toxic if ingested or rubbed into eyes. The toxin exudes over the toad’s skin, it does not spurt out. NT Parks and Wildlife recommend using two plastic shopping bags, or something similar to pick up the toad. Turn the bags inside out, grab the toad, turn the bags the correct way round again, tie the bags tightly and you’ll have safely bagged your toad.

Disposing

The most humane method of disposing of toads is to place your double-bagged toad in the freezer overnight. Remove the bagged toad and place it in the bin for your next rubbish collection.

Native Wildlife

There is a diverse range of wildlife within the Gove Peninsula.  Most residents have had an encounter with a goanna or wallaby around the town.  Dingos are also a common sight.

Native vertebrate wildlife is protected within the Northern Territory and a permit is required to care for injured wildlife.  Permits can be obtained through the NT Parks and Wildlife Commission.

It is illegal to trap, kill or injure wildlife.  Injured wildlife are dealt with by registered carers.

If you find an injured animal please contact Nhulunbuy PAWS on 0437 526 502 – they may be able to help you find a registered carer.

Alternatively, you may wish to drop the animal at Gove Veterinary Services in the Industrial Estate – (08) 8987 1101.

Snakes

Snakes are found throughout the Northern Territory in all habitats.

If you have problems with snakes in your property there are a number of things that you can try to reduce these problems:

  • Keep your garden neat and tidy; if you have compost heaps or wood piles keep them well away from your house.
  • Control any mice and rats living in or around your house.
  • Build snake proof aviaries, fowl yards and other small pet cages.
  • Wear long pants and thick boots when walking in long grass.
  • Never try to capture a snake, call a professional.
  • Contact a registered snake removalist (fees may apply).
  • Seek medical attention immediately if a snake bite occurs.

All native snake species are protected in the Northern Territory. For this reason, it is important that members of the public do not interfere with these animals without an appropriate permit. It is an offence to kill a snake unless; “the snake was within 100m of an occupied building; or the defendant proves that they honestly believed that it was necessary to kill or injure the snake to avoid an immediate danger of death or injury to a person or domestic livestock”.

For assistance with problem snakes and other large reptiles, please contact Arnhem Land Pest Control.

Sacred Sites

A sacred site might be a tree, a hill, a waterhole, a range of mountains, or any other natural feature of the landscape that is significant according to Aboriginal tradition. It is important to remember that some sacred sites are considered dangerous by Aboriginal people, and are subject to strict access conditions. Other sacred sites might be restricted to men or women only. All Aboriginal sacred sites in the Territory are protected under the Sacred Sites Act. The Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) is the body established under the Act to be responsible for the protection of sacred sites throughout the Territory.

Please note that certain areas of Nhulun (Mount Saunders) are considered to be a sacred site and should not be entered without permission.

For more information contact Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) or Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.