THE MP's (all parties), Govt. Departments, The W.T., The Tourist Industry (Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association) and The Residence (WRAD) are all against dumping waste/ spoil/pollutants at sea - So why is it still continuing to be done daily and will be done into the future?
I am now referring to the unbelievable / revolting daily practice of dumping sewage into our pristine waters where baby whales and turtles and Dugongs - and ourselves - live and play!
Some tourist boats in the Whitsundays (plus private vessels) unbelievably pump their holding tanks of sewage straight into the sea - not just on or near the GBR, but also directly off our headlands and beaches.
Anti Dumping campaigners argued strongly and rightly that money should not be a reason for not doing the right thing ie. not dumping on land as opposed to the cheap option of dumping at sea.
So please never use that argu- ment in future to the now educated public.
Those campaigners now must strongly argue that polluting our waters (their waters) is not acceptable in 2014 (or ever).
They must demand that a system of ‘user pays’ is developed now where facilities are set up at all Marinas (at the boat owners cost) so that they pay for the collection/removal of their ‘black water’ and subsequent land based treatment /disposal (again at their expense -not the rate payer).
They also know that this major problem is only going to get worse as tourism grows (and their businesses grow and get more profitable) I suggest a paltry sum of say $50,000 is levied to each commercial vessel to start the ball rolling and get the "project" underway and then further levy's as needed - plus a user pays system for the cost of handling/processing of their problem waste - this will ensure the scheme's success and improve our environment by best practice systems (exactly what they have been arguing for - therefore the least they themselves have, and now, should demand).
I ask that George Christensen and his government also get involved to force this through ASAP to get rid of this disgraceful practice.
He should plead with all Australian and international banks to withdraw funding to those who deliberately dump their wastes at sea - our sea.
Would anyone tolerate tourist coaches just emptying their sewage holding tanks on our roads? Definitely not.
Stock transport trucks are not allowed to just dump their waste at will.
So why should boaties? Fin Forbes CANNONVALE