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Large-scale solar farms in the NT

What do you think about the proposed large-scale solar farm in the Barkly region? 

The proposed project is expected to bring socio-economic benefits to the people living in the Northern Territory and to its economy. However, if such a large-scale project, requiring 12000 hectares of land, is not managed sustainably and ethically, it could have unintended harmful consequences. It is important to learn about our community’s perceived benefits and concerns for the proposed solar farm and future developments in the region.

As residents, we invite you to participate in this survey and share your opinion, as the results of this survey can help create policy and inform industry involvement in both this and any future large renewable energy projects in remote parts of the NT. The survey is anonymous and takes 10-15 minutes. 

Take the survey

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08 8946 7468

Indigenous women and mining employment

Are you a First Nations female with experience working at mines in the NT? We want to hear your story.

Jodi Cowdery, an Indigenous female researcher from Northern Institute at CDU, is gathering experiences from First Nations women who have worked at NT mine sites to better understand working conditions and why so few currently work in the NT mining industry.

The survey is anonymous, takes under 20 minutes and you can use your smartphone, iPad, or computer to take part. The first 30 women to complete the survey will receive a pair of earrings from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre at Yirrkala valued at $50.

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Got questions?

08 8946 6367  
Text: 0403 176 737

Mapping Marra Sea Country
(Limmen Marine Park)

Researcher Rachel Groom leads this project using a both-ways knowledge approach to Sea Country management, where Traditional Ecological Knowledges and Western sciences integrate to provide a robust foundation for the management of our Northern Territory coast.

Limmen Marine Park is in Marra Sea Country in the remote South-West Gulf of Carpentaria. Today, as the Marra people launch their Healthy Country Plan, we pay our respects and congratulate them on this significant milestone. 

We celebrate with them through the release of this short film about Limmen Marine Park and the cultural importance of Marra Sea Country. “The sea is not empty, it’s full of life, and we [Marra] have cultural obligations to manage that”: Parks Australia looks forward to working in partnership with Marra for many years to come.

This film was funded by the Australian Government through the Our Marine Parks Grants program, and is a collaboration between Parks Australia, Charles Darwin University, James Cook University, TropWATER, Northern Territory Government rangers and the Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers

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Postgraduate opportunities

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey with the Faculty of Arts and Society and Northern Institute.  

Our researchers in the fields of humanities, social sciences, business, law and languages have national and international expertise in North Australia, Southeast Asia, the region and beyond. 

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