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Darwin International Airport (DIA) is the custodian of a large and environmentally significant parcel of land in the heart of Darwin, and it recognises the need to preserve and promote the ecological value of a site increasingly affected by a growing urban population.

In line with our Environment Strategy, we have implemented some key projects to enhance our natural resources and ensure they can be enjoyed for generations to come, including the Matboerrma Garden, which showcases an array of native Top End vegetation and its traditional uses. The Larrakia people have been intrinsically involved in establishing this recreational and educational project.

DIA has also established two conservation sites within its three square kilometre property, aimed at preserving and rehabilitating Rapid Creek—Darwin’s only significant freshwater system—and its surrounding vegetation. The airport became aware of a range of pressures on the fragile creek system that threatened to degrade its ecological and recreational value, including weeds, fire, clearing, dumping and inappropriate access. As a result, we have created a 75 metre wide buffer zone from the middle of the creek and our boundary to conserve the Marrara wetland; and a 15-hectare conservation site south of Collopy Rd, which includes an important wildlife corridor adjacent to the Rapid Creek catchment area. This corridor has provided habitat and encouraged the movement of species between otherwise isolated populations, reducing the likelihood of extinctions.

Over the decade, we have overseen a massive volunteer effort, with hundreds of Darwin residents planting more than 20 000 seedlings, plants and trees across both the Rapid Creek buffer zone and the Conservation Reserve. The community has played a pivotal role in our conservation achievements, and we have developed a range of valuable conservation partnerships with groups such as Greening Australia, Rapid Creek Landcare Group, City of Darwin, Rapid Creek Catchment Advisory Committee, Darwin High School and Ludmilla Creek Landcare Group.

Darwin International Airport (DIA) is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and environment for its employees, contractors and stakeholders.


Matboerrma Garden and Gurambai Walking Trail

Darwin International Airport established the Matboerrma Garden to showcase the Top End’s unique native flora. The Matboerrma Garden welcomes visitors to Larrakia country, Darwin and the Top End and provides a great introduction to the wet-dry tropics and its plants. The Larrakia are the traditional owners of the greater Darwin region.

Matboerrma (pronounced mat-berd-ma) is a Larrakia word referring to a "group of plants".
The Gurambai walking trail takes you alongside Rapid Creek and its associated wetlands. Gurambai is the Larrakia name for Rapid Creek and means 'elbow', referring to the shape of the creek at its mouth.

Rapid Creek Reserve 

Rapid Creek flows through Darwin International Airport land. The Airport has established the Rapid Creek Reserve to preserve and rehabilitate this special place, Darwin’s only significant freshwater system.

Conservation Reserve 

Darwin International Airport established the Conservation Reserve to protect native vegetation and wildlife on its land. The reserve is south of Osgood Drive and covers fifteen hectares, consisting of a large area of eucalypt woodland and an important wildlife corridor linking the woodland to Rapid Creek at Charles Eaton Drive.

Landcare Awards Submission

This document provides comprehensive information on DIA's environmental management, conservation efforts and community partnerships. 
DIA Environment Strategy
DIA Environment Management Handbook 
Spill Management Handbook
Mosquito Surveillance and Control Information Sheet


Finalist: National Landcare Awards 2012; Urban Landcare Category
Winner: NT Urban Landcare award 2011
Winner: PowerWater Corporation Melaleuca Awards 2011; Commercial /Industrial category (Energy Reduction)
Winner: Power Water Melaleuca Awards 2008; Commercial/Industry category (DIA and Greening Australia NT Conservation Reserve)


If you have an environmental query or you have identified a potential hazard please contact our Environment Manager.
T: +61 8 8920 1820