Have the conversation
ALL Australian waters are managed under the principles of Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) and are highly regulated for long term sustainabil- ity and The Broader Marine Environment. I would like to point out the many members of our community who use the marine park environment either for recreational activities such as boating, diving or recreational fishing or for commercial activities such as tourism, charter and professional fishing as well as the cultural people whose heritage has deep ties with the sea.
We are a diverse bunch and biodiversity is a key component which exists both in and out of the water.
The activities to which I have referred reflect the nature of our shared values.
So in response to some of the comments made recently by Mr Jeff Stewart Harris (NQBP) about the tourism industry being unwitting Trojan horses for the greens I would like to mention that 40 per cent of visitors to the GBR come through the Whitsundays and as for the rest of us we are the people who live here including our friends and family who work in the mining sector.
This is who we are and what we do and I think it’s fair to say we would hope our children will be lucky enough to do the same.
Local businesses are all heavily invested in the fact that our marine environment is pristine and on a world level people are prepared to come from every corner to satisfy their curiosity and experience our backyard – one of the great wonders of the world.
I would like to encourage my community to do their research and have the conversation.