Ma­rine con­cern

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

ON LEAV­ING school just over two years ago, I was un­sure of what to do, un­til I fell in love with the reef.

Luck­ily enough I found my­self a ma­rine ap­pren­tice­ship, giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to eat, live, work and sleep the reef. I have spent over 400 days at sea over th­ese last two amaz­ing years and dur­ing this time I have been proud to ed­u­cate and teach our vis­it­ing tourists and lo­cals on the all mag­i­cal won­ders of our coral reefs and is­lands.

The pro­posed Abott Point dredg­ing de­ci­sion is a topic that makes me feel sea sick.

To think that our uniquely spe­cial Whit­sun­day is­lands and fring­ing reefs have fallen vic­tim to short term eco­nomic pres­sures which will for­ever change the nat­u­ral state of the reef, which is al­ready fac­ing ex­treme threat.

The ma­jor­ity of the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity (and the lo­cal res­i­dents) are ne­glect­fully un­aware of the mag­ni­tude of the de­ci­sions that are about to be made in re­la­tion to the dredg­ing at Ab­bot Point.

All small, lo­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal opin­ions have been over shad­owed in the weight of pow­er­ful sec­tors along side State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Even our lo­cal tourism body is silent on the is­sue; this is due to min­ing’s eco­nomic in­flu­ence on the area.

Within the next few years we are go­ing to be ask­ing each other as a com­mu­nity, how did we let this hap­pen?

Please don’t let the port de­vel­op­ments near the Whit­sun­days dump their dredge spoil in the ma­rine park.

The ma­rine park is prop­erty of all the com­mu­nity and should not be put un­der threat be­cause of min­ing and port in­ter­ests. We do not ask that this whole de­vel­op­ment be stopped, how­ever we ask, we plead that the best, safest and most en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able op­tion be cho­sen – and not the cheap­est!

Ena Ladd CANNOINVALE

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