Northern Territory Govt Releases Draft Environment Protection Bill

Northern Territory Govt Releases Draft Environment Protection Bill

Northern Territory Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Eva Lawler

Environment Protection Act For The Northern Territory

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is restoring trust by better protecting our environment with the release of the draft Environment Protection Bill and draft Regulations for 8 weeks of public consultation.

“Territory’s natural environment is one of our best assets and a huge part of what makes living here so special. Protecting the environment creates jobs good environmental policy is smart economic policy.” Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Eva Lawler said.

“This is why we need to manage it responsibly to ensure its sustainability for future generations of Territorians.”

Stage 1 of the Environmental Regulatory Reform will deliver a transparent environmental impact assessment framework that ensures those projects that have the potential to impact the environment in the Territory are appropriately assessed. This is about protecting the Territory’s environment for future generations.

Reform will also address the transformation of the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act into a fully functioning Environment Protection Act, which will include provisions for the environmental regulation of the mining industry.