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Federal Court overturns NT port decision

AAP logoAAP 23/10/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

The Federal Court has overturned a decision to approve a $130 million marine supply base north of Darwin.

The controversial oil and gas project at Port Melville was approved by former federal environment minister Greg Hunt despite not having an environmental assessment.

The site of the facility on the Tiwi Islands is home to threatened and endangered species, including turtles, dugongs and shorebirds.

The decision follows legal action by the Environment Defenders Office NT and the Environment Centre NT.

It leaves the development by Ezion Offshore Logistics Hub in limbo.

NT Minister for Environment Lauren Moss welcomed the decision.

"It shows why robust and responsible assessment processes were crucial for environmental protection, and also economic and employment certainty," she said.

"The Commonwealth and previous CLP governments must take responsibility for the uncertainty their failure to follow proper process has created."

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