As a Redlands resident living on North Stradbroke Island I am deeply concerned about the prospects of Karen Williams and her team of pro-development councilors being re-elected.
The current Toondah Harbour Development plan proposed by the Walker Group, in collaboration with Karen Williams and pro-development Redlands councilors and with State Government backing will have catastrophic effects on the marine habitats and flora and fauna of Moreton Bay if it goes ahead. I work closely with Australian world renowned marine scientists who have expressed to me their major concerns that the scale of the dredging proposed will devastate critically important Wetland, Mangrove, Sea grass and Coral habitats and communities in Moreton Bay with a direct knock on effect on; fisheries, dugongs, sea turtles, migratory and local bird populations and marine diversity.
Moreton Bay’s corals are at risk
Most scientists cannot speak out as they are gagged from commenting on the Toondah Development proposal because it is regarded as a politically sensitive issue (with the Brisbane elections in mind and the State Government’s backing of the Development) . However my colleague Dr. Charlie Veron has spoken out about the impact on corals and fisheries and he is the world’s leading scientific expert on coral reefs. Dr. Veron has stated the dredging is highly likely to wipe out all the corals and devastate fish populations in Moreton Bay as a consequence.
Think of the wildlife
So If you love the wildlife of Moreton Bay please don’t vote for Karen Williams and Pro-Development councilors. Your kids and grand kids will thank you one day.
The marine life can’t thank you but will appreciate your vote not to send them into oblivion because of a recklessly proposed Development by the Walker Group to build a massive real estate development.
Impact on fisheries
Fishing groups have been fighting coastal developments along Moreton Bay’s coastline for many years because of the impact these always have on their fisheries when Mangrove and Sea grass habitats are destroyed. The proposed development at Toondah will destroy Mangrove and Sea grass habitats across a wide area of the Bay
So if you are an amateur or professional fisherman in Redlands don’t vote for Karen Williams or Pro-Development councilors as the scale of dredging proposed and needed to build the real estate development will devastate the fish stocks in Moreton Bay
Why wait for a ferry terminal upgrade?
The Development Proposal does not prioritize upgrading the ferry terminals and car parking infrastructures at Toondah Harbour in Cleveland and on North Stradbroke Island. In fact the massive real estate development being prioritized will make things much worse for a very long time for any tourists and residents travelling to and from the island.
One of the ferry operators has said it will take up to five years before the terminal areas are ungraded . This is shocking news that will affect people who travel to Stradbroke and it will hurt tourism to the island. The massive construction project to build the real estate development and marina will cause chaos in the Toondah Harbour urban area
So If you want a ferry terminal and parking infrastructure upgrades to be the priority don’t vote for Karen Williams and pro-development councilors as these wont be addressed for many years. They should have been the priority and still can be. Make your vote count.
Opinion: David Hannan – 15 March 2016
About David Hannan
David was awarded the 2014 Tourfilm Life Achievement Award for his contribution to extending human vision beneath the sea and for his undying efforts to raise international awareness for the condition of the world´s coral reefs.
Former Life Achievement Award winners include Reinhold Messner, Jane Goodall, Eric von Däniken, Mark Inglis (New Zealand´s double amputee who in 2006 climbed Mt Everest), Michael Palin, South African Mike Horn, Travel Channel presenter Ian Wright, BBC presenter Charlotte Uhlenbruek, Bertrand Piccard, South Africa´s “Shark Man” Mike Rutzen, and last year Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of the pioneer oceanographer and OSCAR winning underwater filmmaker.
David is an Emmy award winning marine cinematographer and film producer who co-founded the Ocean Ark Alliance with Dr. Charlie Veron. The organisation offers license free media and open source scientific data bases and educational materials and programs to; primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions, public museums and aquariums, and scientific institutions and entities involved in marine park management, research and conservation.
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