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