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Monsoon gully in Mitchell Creek Catchment Escarpment – Johnston – protection of natural feature

The Monsoon gully is situated at a high point of the Mitchell Creek Catchment Escarpment to the west of the WW2 Heritage area  Johnston. It has been quarried at some point to access quartz and ironstone -just my quick observation – as can be seen in the photo at the left.

A large weeping fig is embedded in a round quartz rock just behind me which marks the eastern top edge of the gully.

The stream runs downhill into a narrow valley over split quartz rock and ironstone

Foliage is dense in this area just under the fig tree.

My concerns are that  construction of the road as part of Johnston Stage 2 will severely damage the gully head itself – just behind me you can see a dirt road.  3 rows of houses will be built back towards the Stuart Highway which lies behind the trees in the background of the photo. As yet there are is little information available from the NT Department of Planning and lands to indicate how this natural feature will be protected during exploratory, and construction works nor how it will fare when part of a residential subdivision..

The Monsoon gully is situated at a high point of the Mitchell Creek Catchment Escarpment to the west of the WW2 Heritage area  Johnston. It has been quarried at some point to access quartz and ironstone -just my quick observation – as can be seen in the photo at the left.
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About Sue

Chair, Friends of Mitchell Creek Catchment Landcare Group Inc., -current. Chair, Landcare NT Inc., - current NT Director, National Landcare Network (NLN) - current Member, Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee - current

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2 thoughts on “Monsoon gully in Mitchell Creek Catchment Escarpment – Johnston – protection of natural feature

  1. it looks fabulous ive walked up and down mitchell creek and i have never found this water feature. Its right at our door step its amazing. Can you tell me will this be protected and has the community got the 100m buffer zone that all creeks need. Where does the conservation zone start at the stuart highway? How are our Territory and Local Government’s responding to such community leadership. I’m always amazed that we have been down this path before for example Rapid Creek and it seem like we need to hold those accountable again and again history teaches us nothing.

    Posted by p loftus | 21/02/2011, 11:59 am
  2. The gully is within a public open space zone but the actual details of how the gully will be protected during the exploration and construction phases is not clear to myself ie the general public. So I am not sure yet if or how conservation zoning will apply to this natural feature. Between the Stuart Highway and the gully, zoning is residential with some open space to allow for runoff from Mitchell creek tributaries down to the floodplain of the creek.
    It seems there is some regard for the community’s concerns for the Catchment by NTG whereas Council has stepped away from responsibility for the catchment with the exception of areas of stormwater infrastructure.
    It is essential for the community to engage in this catchment protection even though it seems it ought to be the role of government to initiate public consultation on the conservation and recreation values of the catchment. Its Ok to repeat history if the outcome is positive but not to repeat our mistakes!

    Posted by sue | 21/02/2011, 12:59 pm

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