Have the con­ver­sa­tion

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Tamie Scott CANNONVALE

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.

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