Following is an excerpt from Bay Journal Sat Feb 17 2007. Alongside this was a photograph of the plume.
“The mud plume from the dredged waste of the Raby Bay development dumped only a nautical mile off Cleveland Point during construction caused damage to the seagrass beds of the southern Bay. Canal estate owners have been contributing to a fund that offsets the cost of dredging out the canals when they get too shallow. However, the cost has increased sharply for the owners because the EPA has ruled that material has to be shipped to Mud Island to prevent a recurrence of the damage.”
It is these types of issues that are becoming more common which should alert us to problems for the future. A couple of startling differences though which make it more alarming is Shute Harbour is more vulnerable to these problems for a number of reasons: It is more shallow It is more open to the prevailing winds It has a greater fetch It has a more sensitive environment adjacent to the GBRMP
Gateway no matter how you arrive or pass through the mainland the introduction will be passing a construction site
Loss of appeal due to over development (already evidenced)
Loss of ability to compete
Backpacker price rates are already dropping – there has been a decrease in available beds by 35% due to economic forces yet occupancy rates for remaining business are not increasing
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007