THE Whitsunday region accounts for 40% of all reef visitations in Queensland, so let us demand government invests money in this region in scientific research.
We have a beautiful community-owned site at Shute Harbour which is costing us money.
It could be a reef research centre, with facilities for research vessels combined with an aquarium to provide a land-based tourist attraction that is sorely needed for periods when the weather is unsuitable for offshore activities.
The research facility could be a tourism-based citizen science venture where people pay to go diving and assist in research projects, a model that is working in other parts of the world.
This could be combined with seeding coral to assist with regeneration of cyclone-damaged or degraded areas, providing a science-based understanding of the impact of tourism on the reefs and better management towards sustainability of our World heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the centrepiece of our tourism industry providing 69,000 jobs.
The Queensland Government has spent $1.94 billion on expansion of Abbot Point since 2007, while the coal industry has shed about 15,000 jobs over the same period despite record production and export.
It’s about time the leaders in tourism and the council stood up for a fairer share of government funding to protect jobs in our region into the future.
Scientists say we can’t expand coal mining if the reef is to survive.
How about we start investing in protecting our most valuable asset.
I’M SO sick of people who support the Adani mining project saying they’re counting on a job there or it will be good for business.
What is certain about the mine is damage to the Great Barrier Reef, water resources and farming land.
The 1464 jobs are not even guaranteed by written contract to come from the local population.
Instead, local miners who have become redundant should be thinking about reskilling/retraining or moving to another region.
There is no guarantee of a job for life in any industry (I speak from my own experience of redundancy); the writing was on the wall for coal mining decades ago.
But there is one way to guarantee that any one of the 500 Adani ships navigating through the reef each year will not spill oil when it crashes into one of the wonders of the world.
That is to stop the Galilee Basin Adani mining project.
Go along to a local screening of Guarding the Galilee, starring Michael Caton, to learn about the devastating damage an Adani mine has done to the fishing industry and lives of the people of Mundra, India, where they too were promised jobs which didn’t materialise – and tell him he’s dreaming.
I ALSO reject the government’s stance that Adani will be great for the economy.
Adani have themselves recently stated that the mine will only employ 400 full-time staff.
And at what cost?
Will Adani be implementing further automation in the future, as Rio Tinto are doing now?
Automating will cut that measly 400 jobs down even more.
The damage to the reef alone will cost many more than 400 jobs.
Indian authorities are investigating companies in the Adani Group over allegations they siphoned money offshore to tax havens, which I’m sure, given the complex corporate structures Adani have in place, will also happen with the Carmichael mine.
In further regards to Adani’s complex corporate structure – who exactly will the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility be lending that billion dollars of our money to?
A recent poll showed 75% of Australians would prefer the NAIF funding went to renewable energy, not to help Adani build a railway line to freight dirty coal.
This government rubber-stamped this mine in, they can rubber stamp it back out again.
I seriously hope they will reconsider, on our behalf, their support for this horrendous mine.