Environmental Mangroves & fish habitat and reef systems are fragile Coastal development is affecting the environment GBRMPA say the marine park upon which we are dependent cannot sustain an increase in numbers OUCH says the park cannot sustain additional numbers Global warming will impact on our coastlines, marinas and low lying dwellings will be vulnerable 650 extra big boats will negatively affect the whole park Potential affect of Acid Sulphate contaminated soils Single biggest issue being identified by GBRMP in its 5 year State of the Park report to Federal Government GBRMPA are open about their inability to manage the park with the level of use already occurring Threatened Species and Communities Listed Migratory Species 9
Ongoing Dredging precedent – There is increasing evidence of communities and councils having to bear the cost associated with this. In Cairns a waterfront community is endeavouring to have Council pay to maintain their waterfront ie. ongoing dredging. This argument is being made on the basis that the waterfront location and development was approved by Council and hence if it could not be maintained as such naturally Council had a duty of care to either not approve the development or maintain the waterfront.
Raby Bay marina, we believe, is having similar issues in maintaining access because of silting and there are issues surrounding who is responsible for the ongoing cost of same.
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007