Concerns raised over impact of industrial cotton gin on Northern Territory’s rivers

15 Dec 2023

Media Statement

Key points:

The following quotes can be attributed to Mitch Hart – Northern Territory Manager for the Pew Charitable Trusts:

“Territorians remain gravely concerned at the prospect of a rapidly expanding cotton industry, fueled by the opening of an industrial cotton gin near Katherine this month.

“Communities in the Murray Darling have already witnessed first-hand the impact that large-scale cotton crops have on river catchments, corroding public trust and destroying local communities.  The unlawful land clearing activities already documented in the Territory give little hope things will be different here.

“The Fyles Government should rule out giving the cotton industry more water from our rivers and floodplains, which starts with no more water out of the systems.

“It is time the Northern Territory Government listened to the concerns of our communities by protecting the fragile environment we depend on. “Territorians want a healthy future for our rivers, they care deeply about their health for water flows, fishing and are concerned about the industry push for large-scale cotton that would put iconic Territory rivers like the Roper and Daly at risk.”

See ABC media coverage here.

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