Protect the reef
MY HUSBAND and I have attended many information meetings regarding the dredging at Abbot Point. Whilst we are not against future development of this region or mining, we find the proposal to build the largest coal port in the world at Abbot Point hugely alarming. Dredging and dumping millions of tonnes of spoil in the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will cause atrocious damage to our wonder of the reef, our quality of life, and the wildlife.
Tourism in the Whitsundays employs approximately 2200 people earning the region approx $2 million dollars a day with 700,000 visitors filtering their money into the local economy.
The Great Barrier Reef is a $6 billion industry employing 60,000 jobs.
83% of mining is foreign owned and 83% of the profits from mining go directly overseas. You can only dig up coal once but if we dredge and dump spoil in the reef’s waters, it could be gone forever.
For the future of the regions beauty and economy I urge the community to make themselves more aware of the detrimental impact the dredging will have in the very near future that could frighteningly effect us all.
We need to protect the reef for future generations. Tourism is forever. And the value of the Great Barrier Reef is incalculable.