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Dr Tom Brewer is hoping to engage more residents to become involved in the project
Top End residents have placed recreational and aesthetic values above economic values in and around Darwin Harbour preliminary results of a community consultation-based research project suggests.
Research Fellow from the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University Tom Brewer has spent several months gauging development preferences of residents who live in the Darwin Harbour Catchment area after they completed a visual survey.
A joint project with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and supported by City of Darwin, Dr Brewer said community consultation was vital to the future of the harbour.
“Recreation, aesthetic, biodiversity, and wilderness values were the highest scoring landscape values,” Dr Brewer said. “The preference of ‘no development’ was also highly ranked compared to other development options.”
He said that more community involvement was needed to build a clearer picture of the community’s views about the future of the harbour and he was hoping to engage more residents to become involved in the project.
“With the harbour earmarked for development it is important to identify what residents value most, and to identify where the residents would like to see particular types of development occur, or not,” he said.
“For example, preliminary survey results show a strong preference for industrial development to be focused around the east arm of the harbour, which is in contrast to the draft development plan, which proposes greater spatial spread of ‘industry’ and ‘strategic industry’.”
Dr Brewer said despite its iconic value and significant use by locals and visitors, there was no representative baseline data on what the residents living within the catchment value most.
He said residents could get involved in the project by completing a survey and returning it to him.
“It doesn’t matter how much time you spend on or around the harbour – everyone’s view is relevant,” Dr Brewer said.
“The idea of the survey is for people to place the stickers in order of value on the map. The stickers represent which areas are important to them and why.”
He said those who completed the survey would go into the draw to win an ipad.
For further information visit W: www.cdu.edu.au/northern-institute or to be involved in the project contact Dr Tom Brewer via email E: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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A short film based on the work of CDU PhD student Aly De Groot will premiere on iview
A short film aiming to transport viewers into an eerie and enchanting underwater world to highlight a creative solution to an environmental scourge threatening protected marine species will premiere this week.
The collaborative film based on the work of Charles Darwin University PhD student Aly De Groot and directed by former film student and guest lecturer Timothy Parish titled “Ghost Story: The Art of Aly De Groot” will premiere on Friday, 29 May.
Mr Parish said the five minute film was an evocative and haunting documentary, which followed the artistic process of textile artist Aly De Groot who reclaims ‘ghosts nets’ – fishing nets lost at sea – and transforms them into beautiful sculptures echoing marine life.
“Ghost Story was shot in Darwin over three days this year,” Mr Parish said. “The majority of the shoot took place at the Darwin Waterfront, using underwater cameras to evoke the artist’s vision of her ‘underwater basket weaving’ series as part of her PhD.”
An accomplished Territory filmmaker, Mr Parish used ‘puppetry’ techniques to breathe life into the artists’ sculptures.
Other scenes included a location shoot at East Point beach where Aly De Groot’s large public sculpture ‘Intertwined’ stands, and her studio at CDU’s Casuarina campus.
Through her PhD Ms De Groot has transformed marine debris into a body of work that looks at the use and importance of fibre art as a mechanism to respond to environmental concerns. She said the film was one of a variety of platforms she had used to exhibit her work to a wide audience.
“I use salvaged fibres and fishing lines to create sculptures of box jelly fish, or add bones and other materials to create crocodiles and other marine life,” she said.
“The film creates a visual narrative of my studio-based work. It takes people to a space where they can think about the connection between the material I use and the conservation narrative behind the pieces.”
One of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary fibre artists, for Ms De Groot it is not only the textures and beauty of the materials she finds washed ashore, but that she can utilise the materials turning an environmental threat into a benefit. An important aspect of her art practice is sharing her skills. She regularly teaches fibre art workshops for adults and children in the Northern Territory and nationally.
The film is a Resolution Media Production in association with Verb Studios produced in Association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Territory.
The film will screen as part of Art X *North a collection of short arts documentaries curated by ABC Arts Online on ABC iview on May 29. For further information visit W: www.abc.net.au/arts/ArtXNorth/default.htm
Art X *North is part of ABC Arts’ ongoing talent development project that pairs artists with filmmaking teams to create innovative and evocative short films for a digital-first audience.
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne with RIEL PhD candidate Jayson Ibanez
A PhD candidate at Charles Darwin University has been recognised for his efforts to prevent further decline of the critically endangered Philippine eagle.
Jayson Ibanez received the prestigious Whitley Award at a recent ceremony held in London by the Princess Royal, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.
The Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods PhD candidate was one of seven recipients to be honoured with the award, which acknowledges the world’s most outstanding conservation leaders.
“I have made a conscious decision to spend the rest of my life rescuing the Philippine eagle from being lost forever,” Mr Ibanez said at the ceremony.
“As a fellow Filipino, I strongly believe the Philippine eagle has an equal right to survive and thrive.”
He is also the director for research and conservation at the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City on the Philippines’ Mindanao Island, which aims to protect the giant forest raptor.
Mr Ibanez said factors, including logging, mining and farming contributed to the eagle’s decline on Mindanao Island.
“I am working with Indigenous local people and a dedicated team to stop eagles and their forest home from being lost,” he said.
“Local farmers from seven villages guard eagle nests, stop illegal loggers and help restore the forest, with each village protecting one eagle pair.”
Mr Ibanez began his PhD at CDU in 2010, after receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He joined the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at CDU in 2010 as a PhD student, investigating the integration of Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science in Indigenous planning.
The Whitley Awards are made annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature, of which the Princess Royal is a patron.
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