NT Government- stop Parrtjima light show blasting endangered Rock Wallabies with lasers
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Mt.Gillen near Alice Springs is home to some of the last colonies of the Federally protected Black-Flanked Rock Wallaby Petrogale lateralis. The NT Government funded Parrtjima Festival (23rd Sept-3rd Oct) plans to blast 2.5km of cliffs where these special nocturnal mammals live with very strong lights (lasers?) for a two week long light show in the name of somehow boosting tourism. No consideration appears to have been given to the impact of these possibly blinding lasers on the endangered animals-there are good reasons to be worried. When stressed Rock Wallabies are known to abort foetuses and eject joeys from their pouch. This show could result in deaths of these legally protected animals. Rock Wallabies have lived undisturbed on these cliffs for millennia- they should not be put at risk for the sake of a frivolous festival. We ask the new NT Chief Minister to urgently act to prevent this happening and protect our vulnerable wildlife which is a far greater asset to the region's tourism than a one-off light show.
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