I WANT to respond to a letter in last week’s paper, to address some of the untruths being circulated locally. Mr Ivanoff, before you make completely inaccurate and totally incorrect statements please understand the realities involved.
As an example, the Rally for the Reef on Sunday, April 13 was arranged by a local group called Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping.
Had you attended the Rally you would have learnt that we are simply a diverse group of local residents concerned about the future health of the Great Barrier Reef and all local coastal waterways.
We are all volunteering our time, energy and money to try and stop further degradation of the marine environment. We are not anti-mining. We do not want to stop the Abbot Point expansion.
We do not want to stop development and job creation. In relation to the Abbot Point expansion all we want is for any dredge spoil not to be dumped in the ocean.
Simple message loud and clear – do not dump in the ocean.
There are other better, cheaper solutions available to the companies involved in the project; we simply ask that these are pursued. What we want is to preserve our clear water, fish stocks, beautiful clean Islands and beaches and unique Great Barrier Reef - to ensure that our magnificent aquatic playground is still available for all to enjoy in the future. We are not alone - residents of Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and other coastal communities have also publicly rallied and expressed their concerns about proposed dumping of dredge spoil into the ocean along the coastal areas of Queensland.
As you rightly pointed out there are many other issues affecting coastal areas of Queensland that need attention, this is one issue that can be solved before any further damage is done. Sandra Williams AIRLIE BEACH