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Meet the Team

Shar Molloy & Kirsty Howey

CO-DIRECTORS

Shar Molloy

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Tel: 08 8981 1984

Shar Molloy has over 25 years working in environmental organisations and her qualifications are in finance, management, governance, mediation and campaigning. Shar has served on the board of the Environmental Defenders Office (NT) and is a council member of the Australian Conservation Foundation.  


Kirsty Howey

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Kirsty Howey has over 15 years of experience in environmental law, research and practice in the Northern Territory. She was a native title, land rights and environmental lawyer for over a decade, including acting as instructing solicitor for traditional owners in landmark legal proceedings challenging the approvals of McArthur River Mine. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney investigating the intersection between Indigenous institutions, the environment, the state and development in northern Australia, and has published widely in these areas. She was a board member of the Environmental Defenders’ Office (NT) from 2013 to 2019, including three terms as Chair. She is an adjunct research fellow at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, and on the editorial board of the Australian Environment Review.

Jodie Minton

CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS COORDINATOR

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Jodie is a nature lover, passionate advocate and educator. During her time in the NT Jodie has worked in Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and remotely. She has a background in Social Ecology and is a trained teacher. Jodie's worked on educational programs across a range of settings since 2005. Climate Change is something that's concerned her since she was 10 years old, and she's been involved with many community organisations working in this space since her early 20s.

In 2019 Jodie trained to be a volunteer Facilitator with Climate for Change and introduced their conversation model to Darwin. Based on an overwhelming response form the community, Climate for Change and ECNT later formed a partnership to deliver a locally adapted program. In 2021, Jodie was employed as ECNT's Climate Conversations Coordinator.

Jodie knows that facilitating Climate Conversations is the best way she can help shift the conversation on climate change and build a groundswell of support for effective climate action in the Territory. When she's not busy on this project you'll find her soaking up the beautiful wild spaces of Darwin, fossicking for a hand-made, recycled treasure somewhere or playing in her garden at home.

Jessica Black

SAVANNA AND FRESHWATER CAMPAIGNER AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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Tel: 08 8981 1984


Jess is a Law, Arts and Language graduate from the University of Adelaide and was admitted to practice law in South Australia and the High Court in 2020.

Jess has worked in the area of native title in a variety of roles and from a range of perspectives including legal, anthropological, linguistic, policy and academic perspectives. In the last few years Jess worked with the Mobile Language Team, and was involved with a broad array of language projects ranging from working with Aboriginal language groups in Western and Southern SA to create language resources to working on a research project regarding effective cross-cultural legal communication.  

Throughout uni Jess developed a deep interest in what it takes to build and support strong communities. She learnt a lot through her involvement with a broad range of community groups and organisations including AYCC, Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service and an eclectic range of community arts orgs. She has a particular passion for music and hosted a range of shows with Radio Adelaide.

Most recently she practised as a Graduate Lawyer at MPS Law where she assisted claim groups and Registered Native Title Body Corporates from SA and NT with progressing their native title claims and corporate governance. 

Jess is particularly interested in the intersectional nature of how we understand and look after this beautiful country. She is driven by the reality that the Territory is at the coalface of climate change. 

 

Jason Fowler

ENERGY CAMPAIGNER

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Tel: 08 8981 1984


Jason has lived and worked as a marine ecologist and environmental campaigner in the Kimberley and Northern Territory his whole life. His first major campaign was the five-year battle defending James Prices Point against Woodside Petroleum as vice chairperson of Environs Kimberley. Jason then spent six years working as Marine Campaigner for Environs Kimberley and Pew Charitable Trusts to establish new marine parks around the Kimberley coast. He was instrumental in delivering stronger outcomes in the Commonwealth’s North-west and North Networks of Marine Parks and is currently a member of the Australian Marine Parks Advisory Committee for the North Network. Jason then moved to Darwin to manage the NT marine campaign for the Australian Marine Conservation Society for two years and was instrumental in delivering the Limmen Bight Marine Park. In 2020 Jason joined ECNT to develop the Cotton Kills Rivers campaign and continued that work with Pew Charitable Trusts and the Territory Rivers campaign.  Jason has been consulting for ECNT on the Barossa Project, in particular in relation to the likely effects of infrastructure for the Barossa Project on marine habitats. Now Jason is the Energy Campaigner with the Environment Centre, working on the Save Darwin Harbour and Stop Barossa Gas campaigns, promoting a vision of the NT's energy future that relies on renewable energy rather than offshore oil and gas. Jason is an avid fisherman and yachtsman and has led dozens of expeditions with scientists and filmmakers along the coast between Broome and Darwin.

Naish Gawen

COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

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Tel: 08 8981 1984


Naish has a BA and MA (Research) from Monash University and has extensive experience in activist and community campaigns in Australia and overseas. He has worked as a consultant for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime in the area of human trafficking. He has a particular interest in the impacts of mining on human livelihoods, having worked for the Hazelwood Health Study looking at the long-term social impacts of a fire in the coal mine, and is now working on the Environment Centre NT's McArthur River Mine campaign and mining regulatory reform.