Plans for a marina at Clump Point are being fast tracked
using a questionable 'community consultation' process
using a questionable 'community consultation' process
When Dr Anthony Lynham visited Mission Beach In January 2016 he met with Member for Hinchijnbrook, Mr Cripps, the then Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor, Bill Shannon and a select few community members. Shortly after his visit he announced that plans for the Mission Beach Safe Boating Infrastructure project including final work on the Perry Harvey Jetty were to be abandoned with development now focused entirely at the Clump Point boat ramp.
In May, the director of Strategic Gov Projects, Peter Morton invited a selection of community members to a closed meeting called an 'Ínformation Session'. Mr Morton apologised for the delay in advising on the date as ". . . deliberations over the mixture of who could and who couldn't attend took some time to negotiate"
The community members invited included;
Tony Lee (Director Mission Beach Harbours), Richard Giulliani ( Mission Beach Boating Association [MBBA] ), Steven Chilcott, Cassowary Coast Safe Boating Association [CCSBA]), Peter Heywood, (Former director Mission Beach Harbours; Mission Beach Community Association; ([MBCA], MBBA) , James Neville Smith (Owner Castaways), David Breadmore (Manager Castaways), Thomas Bauer (Mission Beach Tourism), Georgie Knight (Mission Beach Tourism), Alan Jago (MBCA, MBBA), Danny Dade, (Game Boat operator/ marine engineer) Lisa (Big Mama), Adam Bond, (Dunk Island owner/developer) Glenn Murray (commercial fisherman) Guilliani Jnr Peter Rowles (C4), Maurice Franklyn (C4) Liz Gallie, Cassowary Coast Alliance), Sandal Hayes (Cassowary Coast Alliance), Justin McCallam (Dunk Island Barge)
Representatives of every government department that might be invloved in the assessment process of a rock wall development were also in attendance along with the consultants of the abandoned project , the CCRC Mayor, CCRC Engineer, local councillor, GBRMPA and Bob Katter Snr.
From the outset the meeting was concentrated on the rock wall extension designs by the CCSBA and the MBBA and discussing the desireable features. Any discussion to include the jetty as part of the marine infrastructure upgrade was agressively opposed by some of the attendees and denied by the facilitator until toward the end of the meeting.
In the feeback notes under Desirable Features & Review of Proposals; Breakwater Extension it was recorded that "The majority of attendees considered the priority for the project is the delivery of a breakwater extension that provides protection from non-cyclonic waves for mooring, berthing and anchoring to facilitate the expansion of the tourism industry".
of the meeting are a good indication of how the minutes of all subsequent meetings have been manipulated toward a predetermined outcome.
Forming of Reference Group (RG)
Following the Information Session, the DIP invited representatives of 5 Mission Beach community organisations to form a Reference Group to "move the project forward".
Those groups are;
Mission Beach Community Association
Mission Beach Boating Association
Cassowary Coast Safe Boating Association
Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4)
Cassowary Coast Alliance (CCA)
Who is the minister listening to?
The reports of the RG meetings and plans developed so far are structured and deliberately worded to reflect views heavily weighted toward marina supporters. The document produced on the final (fourth) meeting was called the 'Ádvice to the Minister' was designed to give limited options and submitted documents reworded by the facilitator to suit an outcome. The Advice document has been presented to the minister as the voice of the Mission Beach community which shows the majority support for a marina.
CCA has sent numerous letters to Dr Lynham and voicing conerrns to DIP representatives but have not received any reponse to our question "Why is the Perry Harvey Jetty not included or being considered as part of the major upgrade of Mission Beach Marine Infrastructure?"
In an interesting twist during the 'process', despite being invited onto the Reference Group, at the third of four meetings, the members were asked to clarify:
The Facilitator would not accept our response that Cassowary Coast Alliance has been included as a stakeholder since the outset of the Mission Beach Boating Infrastructure project, has provided detailed input at every opportunity including a petition against an artificial rock wall, with almost 800 signatures (online and hardcopy), encouraging community feedback via letters to the minister on several occasions since the focus has been on marine infrastructure post Cyclone Yasi.
The following was received via email from the Director, Project Delivery, Major Projects on Nov 16 2016 informing us that they will not consider input from anyone except Mission Beach residents.
"...The Reference Group monitors and represents community views regarding issues, impacts and benefits to inform the preparation of the Development Plan for the Clump Point project.
To ensure the range of views within Mission Beach are being considered the government will continue to listen carefully to the Mission Beach based organisations that make up the Reference Group during this next stage of work.
The views of other organisations and individuals from outside of Mission Beach won't be considered until the proposed project has been decided."
CCA supports practical and environmentally sustainable solutions to service the recreational and local commercial boats needs (consistent with recreational use) at Mission Beach. CCA will continue to have input when possible with the aim to protect the exceptional natural and cultural values promoting solutions that have no adverse impact on Clump Point and its surrounds. (Who is CCA)?