Reef Threats

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

In or­der to pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef, the Queens­land gov­ern­ment has pro­posed to dump mil­lions of tonnes of dredge spoil on a tidal wet­land next to a tur­tle breed­ing ground in the mid­dle of the Great Bar­rier Reef World Her­itage Area… with­out any proper en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment. In­san­ity. We can only hope that Greg Hunt, our Fed­eral Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment does the right thing and de­mand a proper En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment for the dump­ing of dredge spoils in the Ca­ley Val­ley Wet­lands at Ab­bot Point.

When will the gov­ern­ment learn what ev­ery school child in Aus­tralia knows, the health of the Great Bar­rier Reef is de­pen­dent on the health of the reef sys­tem which in­cludes our coastal wet­lands.

You im­pact the wet­lands, you im­pact the reef. It is re­ally that sim­ple. Tony Fontes AIR­LIE BEACH

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