Town Lagoon

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 Corporations 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.


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


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.


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.

Vector management at the Nhulunbuy Corporation pound

The Nhulunbuy Corporation's pound facility is cleaned and sprayed monthly for ticks, fleas, rats and other vermin. This prevents the spread of disease among stores housed in the kennels by either Nhulunbuy PAWS or impounded by the Nhulunbuy Corporation. 

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.

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 Mount 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.

Weed Management

Weed management is an integral part of all land management. The Nhulunbuy Corporation is actively managing weed control by conducting regular chemical weed spraying on town lease, including the Industrial Estate, Gove Peninsula Waste Management Facility and Gove Airport.

Physical methods are also employed to control weeds on town lease - mowing, grazing, mulching, tilling or by hand. The method used depends on the area of weeds. Most of the weed control in the town lease is conducted by a contractor.
If you have any questions about Nhulunbuy Corporation’s fogging operations or weed management please contact NCL office during business hours on (08) 8939 2200.

For more information about most common weeds in the Northern Territory, please visit:

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