Traditional aerial view of Mission Beach showing the elegant headland of Clump Point
Unique scienic volcanic rocks in the bay of the only basalt headland in the Wet tropics
The only mangroves growing on basalt soil in the Wet Tropics
Proposed marina would destroy the intertidal mudflats of Boat Bay
The inter-tidal mudflats of boat Bay are an important habitat. When the tide is out, the area is used by wading birds such as the Beach Stone Curlew (Esacus neglectus). It is listed as being Vulnerable, with only 1,050 individuals left in all Australia. The females lay a single egg in a scrape in the sand just above the high tide mark. They need a secluded, shady spot to be successful, and these places are becoming less and less easy to find in North Queensland. They feed on crabs and marine invertebrates.
When the tide is coming in, barramundi and mackerel school to chase bait fish into the shallows.
Mission Beach Harbour Pty Ltd (MBH) proposes to excavate approximately 14 hectares of the inter-tidal mudflats and form it into a 4 hectare island and a deep water marina basin. The facility will have over 170 berths and a 2-storey dry boat storage shed, commercial centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, fuel dock, clubhouse and car parking. more
Friends of Boat Bay
Friends of Boat Bay is a community group that has been formed to oppose the marina proposal. FOBB believe that the environmental values of the bay, which can be enjoyed by everyone, should not be destroyed for the convenience of a few. media may 2002