Ab­bot Point

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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