Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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