Reef fight

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

I AM writ­ing about "the fight" for Ab­bot Point and the Reef.

Ei­ther you have a healthy reef sup­port­ing tens of thou­sands of jobs and bil­lions of dollars of in­come, or you build very dam­ag­ing coal and gas ports pump­ing out fos­sil fu­els from some of the world's most ill-con­sid­ered mines.

I know which one I'm fight­ing for.

You can not have both and it seems that some want to have their cake and eat it too.

Dredg­ing, in­creased ship­ping and cli­mate change are all ru­in­ing our es­sen­tial fish­ing and tourism in­dus­tries. But an un­healthy ad­dic­tion to short-term fos­sil fuel greed con­tin­ues.

Sadly, both the mem­ber for Daw­son and the ALP can­di­date (along with oth­ers) are en­gag­ing in a mis­lead­ing, sim­plis­tic and di­vi­sive fear cam­paign about Ab­bot Point by falsely say­ing that Bowen will die with­out the ex­pan­sion and that any­one who has a dif­fer­ent view must be an ex­trem­ist.

More over, I can not see how com­par­ing a dredg­ing pro­gram ten times smaller than what is now on the ta­ble is meant to have any rel­e­vance. And 3 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres will not be the end as the area will re­quire main­te­nance and there are fur­ther ex­pan­sions planned.

The ques­tion is where do you draw the line? In my ex­pe­ri­ence of greedy fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ments ea­ger to pan­der to them, they will stop at noth­ing.

It seems that those peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who le­git­i­mately hold con­cerns, in­clud­ing those in the fish­ing and tourism in­dus­tries have been aban­doned by the LNP, ALP and other so called com­mu­nity lead­ers.

The Greens are with the com­mu­nity and are putting for­ward plans for a bal­anced and di­verse eco­nomic ap­proach where we can have ful­fill­ing em­ploy­ment that puts peo­ple and a healthy en­vi­ron­ment first. Jonathon Dykyj GREENS CAN­DI­DATE FOR DAW­SON

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