LAST week Laurie Norris wrote to question why Abell Point Marina received our International Clean Marina Certification and in the process made a number of uninformed allegations.
1. Lack of water clarity from dredging
Our dredging program operates within and under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999, State Environmental Protection Act 1994, Sustainable Planning Act 2010 and Council Operated Works Certification 2013.
Turbidity tests are undertaken daily and to date all test results indicate turbidity levels less than 50% of allowable levels (less than 22.5 MTU ) and zero pluming occurring greater than one metre from the excavator bucket. In addition PH (greater than 6.8) and oxygen levels are all within guidelines. 2. Smell from mud The dredge mud is inert, alkaline, non toxic and odourless. The smell about which Norris opines is in fact emanating from a Whitsunday Regional Council trunk sewer line on Shingley Drive. This odour has been the subject of numerous complaints to council from a number of residents and ourselves over the last three years.
As recently as two weeks ago council officers were again on site to seek a solution , which we all await with interest .
3. Deteriorating Pontoons A/G arms
We are well aware of the condition of some of the North Marina walkways, which were built during the 1980s.
A five-year replacement program is currently underway, scheduled to cause minimum disruption to our commercial operators and the general public. All works are undertaken in accordance with our Environmental Management Plan and to date zero debris has ever left the marina.
As of the end of May we will cease dredging until November as the marina is full and we are unable to relocate vessels to allow access.
It is fortunate that 507 boat owners, 450 staff, 66 commercial operators and over 250,000 visitors who inject millions of dollars into our local region do not agree with Norris’s view of my facility.
Perhaps Norris in his next missive could outline for all of us his contribution to the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of the residents of Airlie Beach (or in fact Proserpine).
Lastly, it’s a shame Norris has not ever spoken to my staff, nor me about his deep concerns. Paul Darrouzet Abell Point Marina