Rapid Creek is a special place. It is Darwin's only permanent freshwater source, supports a number of important remnant vegetation communities, and has been an important cultural and sacred site for the Larrakia for many thousands of years. In more recent years it has been cherished by Darwinians for its swimming holes, for fishing, and by so many who walk along its length and gaze over its mouth to the sea from the yellow footbridge as the sun sets.
But did you know that the health of Rapid Creek depends on the health of its catchment many kilometres away, including in the Marrara swamp?
Our beloved Rapid Creek is at risk from a housing development in its catchment, on Boulter Road in Marrara. Marrara swamp has traditionally been the main source of freshwater flowing into Rapid Creek, but cumulative development has impacted its flows. The impacts of climate change, including recent poor wet seasons, have worsened these impacts. Fire suppression foam used on the Darwin Airport site through which Rapid Creek flows has contaminated the water with toxic PFAS chemicals. A few years ago, native vegetation in the catchment (where the houses will be built) was illegally cleared, without subsequent prosecution due to the weakness in the Territory's planning laws. Rapid Creek has never been more at risk.
If you have ever walked across the yellow footbridge at the Nightcliff foreshore, fished or gathered bush tucker in Rapid Creek, enjoyed the calm of the Jingili Water Gardens with your family, or tubed down Rapid Creek through the airport in the wet season, come and show you care about Rapid Creek!
- Use the map attached for meeting place and parking instructions
- Park along Boulter Road, on either side, closest to the cleared block on the corner of Boulter Rd and Amy Johnson Ave (pink lines on map)
- Meet at the marquee marked with the yellow x in the cleared block
- We will then cross Amy Johnson Ave safely, and walking down along the swamp, we will pause to listen to nature, centre ourselves among the trees and listen to a Welcome to Country
- Walk back to the marquee to hear from Rapid Creek Landcare Group and ECNT's Co-Director Kirsty Howey