STATE SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATION
This project has been declared a State Significant Project requiring an EIS.
State Significant legislation was introduced to facilitate State infrastructure projects. It is now being used for private tourism and residential developments.
The potential outcome of the legislation is that it can ultimately put all the decision making into the hands of the State Government/Coordinator General..
Compliance agencies like EPA and GBRMPA etc become merely advice agencies and even the Federal Government has a bilateral agreement with the state that allows the Coordinator General to make the decision on their behalf.
It is really nothing more than a means of opening the flood gates for public land to be handed over for major private developments under the guise of infrastructure and in this instance includes World Heritage Areas!.
Very soon – in fact right now - we are all going to have to decide what we want our future to be. Do we all sacrifice long term quality of life for the short term commercial gains of a few out of town developers? How do we want this place to be in ten years time.
GREEN COAST or GOLD COAST?
THE WORLD HERITAGE TAG WE SO PROUDLY PROMOTE COMES AT A COST. IT IS PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
IT’S OUR CHOICE AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007