In addition to many parks and created lakes, Palmerston has two natural reserves:

Palmerston also has a large number of open space areas set aside for the community. Not all of these are irrigated parks.

There are 12 freshwater man-made lakes in the city as well as areas of bush land, freshwater creeks, mangroves and estuaries which drain into the Darwin harbour.

There are a number of ways that residents can do their bit to keep these areas pristine, including:

  • collecting litter ensuring that the only thing that goes down the storm water drains is water.
  • notifying Council of anything that may seem unusual like large numbers of dead fish, discoloured or smelly water or plants that seem to be growing more vigorously than others.
  • Discarding lawn clippings or other garden waste in lakes, parks and natural bush areas not only makes these areas look untidy, but can cause numerous environmental problems. The best way to deal with garden waste and lawn clippings is to compost, and use it as mulch in your own garden.

Protecting our wildlife and waterways

Feeding wildlife can be harmful to their health and our waterways.

Did you know that by feeding wildlife:

  • You can make wildlife dependent on humans and eventually they stop foraging for their natural food.
  • Bread has no nutritional value and can contribute to dietary imbalances, serve deficiencies, obesity, sickness and deformities.
  • Uneaten human food can find its way into the lakes leading to a decrease in water quality. The food can spoil and lead to health issues if consumed by wildlife and this has a detrimental effect on both the native terrestrial and aquatic life that rely on our waterways.
  • We encourage everyone to enjoy our waterways and the diverse number of species of native wildlife that inhabit this region.

We encourage everyone to enjoy our waterways and the diverse number of species of native wildlife that inhabit this region.

Report injured wildlife to:
Wildcare INC. NT
p: (08) 8988 6121

Report crocodile sightings to:
The Crocodile Management Team 
m: 0419 822 859