I see the Abbot Point issue is still in the news, I do wonder if the truth matters anymore, even for the sake of the children.
As I have stated before if there was a real issue with the reef I would certainly have my two bobs worth, of that I can assure you, but I operate under the assumption that you can not rectify any situation unless you are armed with the true facts.
Again I reiterate the 3,000,000 tons of dredge spoil will not cause a slightest hiccup to the reefs health and I can guarantee that it will not be dropped on the top of any existing reef structure., I an quite sure it will be dropped on a sandy section of ocean floor well away from any existing reef structure.
I again compare it to the natural Mt Saint Helen's event of 1980 in Washington State USA, where five billion tons of spoil was ejected in a few hours, this is the equivalent of 1,666 Abbot Point dredging operations happening at once.
Even the massive one billion tons of ash spewed forth into the atmosphere over Washington State which is only half the area of the Great Barrier Reef is still the same as a total of 333 Abbot Point operations.
So I would ask is it too much to put this issue into its true perspective, if the Mt St Helen's event at a combined 1,666 Abbot Point ventures didn't make much of an impact on half the area of the Great Barrier Reef, truthfully what can this, the equivalent of a drop of dishwater in a swimming pool, really do to the entire Reef system, other than feed a few fish as its dropped releasing a bonanza of food for any near by residents of the deep??
I truly believe, if the future is with our children then isn't it paramount we stop scaremongering and give them the correct information so they at least have a chance of making the correct decisions in the future. Rob Bredl The Barefoot Bushman AIRLIE BEACH