Flotilla to support reef

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AN IN­DIAN en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist en­gaged in a le­gal bat­tle with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will speak at the Air­lie Beach Flotilla for the Reef this Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

Debi Goenka, ex­ec­u­tive trustee of the In­dian Con­ser­va­tion Ac­tion Trust (CAT), is in Aus­tralia to chal­lenge the ap­proval of the Carmichael mine in the Queens­land Land Court.

Mr Goenka’s chal­lenge is based on the ar­gu­ment that ap­prov­ing the mine is not in the pub­lic in­ter­est and won’t achieve eco­log­i­cally sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Fur­ther­more, Mr Goenka dis­putes the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s claims that Aus­tralian coal will lift In­di­ans out of en­ergy poverty.

By con­trast, he says the burn­ing of coal from the Carmichael mine will have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the health and liveli­hoods of the In­dian ru­ral poor.

Join­ing Mr Goenka to speak at the event will be Whit­sun­day Char­ter Boat In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (WCBIA) pres­i­dent Tony Brown, Great Bar­rier Reef cam­paigner for the Aus­tralian Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety (AMCS) Cherry Mud­dle, spokesper­son for the com­mu­nity group Whit­sun­day Res­i­dents Against Dump­ing (WRAD) Kirsten Grace, and founder of the Or­der of Un­der­wa­ter Co­ral He­roes (OUCH) Tony Fontes.

The idea be­hind the event is that at 9.45am, res­i­dents, tourism op­er­a­tors, fish­ers, sailors and the lo­cal boat­ing com­mu­nity, will launch their yachts, tin­nies, kayaks, dinghies and stand up pad­dle boards, and cre­ate a heart for­ma­tion across the wa­ter in Pi­o­neer Bay.

Some com­mer­cial char­ter boats and larger ves­sels will sail past the for­ma­tion at about 11am and a he­li­copter or sea­plane fly-over is also planned.

Peo­ple stay­ing shore-side will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the flotilla by form­ing a heart shape at the Can­non­vale Marine Club as a sign of support and sol­i­dar­ity for pro­tec­tion of the reef.

Live mu­sic will wel­come the on-wa­ter par­tic­i­pants ashore be­fore the speak­ers take to the stage.

The flotilla will also fea­ture in­for­ma­tion stalls and a bar­beque.

In the event of strong winds, the on-wa­ter for­ma­tion will be moved to Shin­g­ley Beach.

CON­CERNED: Debi Goenka, Ex­ec­u­tive Trustee of the In­dian Con­ser­va­tion Ac­tion Trust (CAT), will be the spe­cial guest speaker at the Air­lie Beach Flotilla for the Reef on Sun­day.

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