Northern Development – How does marine fit? Australia’s Shallow Tropical Seas – Resource and/or Refuge?
Northern Development was placed firmly on the national agenda in the run up to the last Federal election; it has ebbed and flowed since then. However, through all of the talk to this point, the focus has been squarely on the landward. Even with the debate on the damming of northern rivers, the arguments on either side have rarely moved into their estuaries, or beyond to our shallow seas. We are looking to tackle this omission in the Public Forum at the 2017 annual conference of the Australian Marine Sciences Association. The following panel has been brought together to discuss the topic. They are drawn from a broad spectrum of perspective and experience: maritime industry, government, science, and through to communities.
Convenor / Facilitator
Mr Luke Bowen (General Manager, North Australian Development and Trade, NT Government)
Prof Helene Marsh (Dean, Graduate Studies, James Cook University)
Ms Sally Clarke (Director, Office of Northern Australia, Commonwealth Government)
Ms Katherine Winchester (CEO, Northern Territory Seafood Council)
Mr John Christopherson (Deputy Chairman, Northern Land Council)
Mr David Morris (Principal Lawyer/EO, Environmental Defenders Office (NT))
Mr Terry O’Connor (CEO, Darwin Port)
Prof Stephen Garnett (Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods, RIEL / Charles Darwin University)
Dr Richard Brinkman (Research Program Leader, Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Each panellist will initially speak for five minutes addressing the topic. After the speeches, the forum will be thrown open to the floor for Q&A.
Both conference delegates and members of the public are very welcome to attend.
The event is at no charge, but all will need to register for tickets through the Darwin Entertainment Centre (via NTix).
- LocationPlayhouse Theatre, Darwin Entertainment Centre
- Session TimeMonday 3rd July 7:00pm to 8:00pm