Target: Josh Fyndberg, Australia’s Environment Minister
Goal: Stop construction of dangerous and deadly port that threatens marine life.
The Australian Government approved the operation of a port on the Tiwi Islands, despite knowing that its functioning would have negative effects on many species in the area, as well as disrupt the mating cycle of the olive ridley turtle. This approval comes with almost no environmental conditions or assessments, contrary to the advice of experts from within their own government.
The Tiwi Islands are located about 60 miles off the northern coast of Australia. The port will be a major hub for oil and gas in the area, which has the potential to adversely affect many plants and animals. Some of these animals, such as the eastern curlew and the curlew sandpiper, and already endangered.
Port Melville, on the Tiwi Islands, is a marine supply base functioning without almost any environmental restrictions from the Commonwealth Government, even though it is within a sensitive ecosystem. In October, the Federal Court of Australia overturned the government’s decision to open the port after a lawsuit by the Environmental Defenders Organization. However, on Thursday, December 15th, the government re-approved the Port Melville marine supply base.
When the decision was originally overturned in October, the Australia Government admitted it was wrong to begin operation of the port without having done further research into its effects. Now it seems the federal government is going back on that apology, and once again threatening the lives of countless plants and animals.
Please sign the petition to protect the Tiwi’s delicate ecosystem and wildlife.
Dear Mr. Frydenberg,
Your government recently approved a previously overturned decision to allow operation of the hazardous Port Melville. This has been done against expert advice as well as without proper environmental assessments or restrictions.
This port will be a hub for gas and oil, which has the potential to create oil spills and chemical seepage into an already sensitive environment. The activity from the port alone would threaten the breeding cycle of the olive ridley turtle.
Your decision threatens countless animals, even some species which are critically endangered such as the Eastern Curlew. Use your position and power in government to once again stop this deadly port from functioning on the Tiwi Islands.
[Your name here]
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