Lets start with the letter to the Editor
published in the Jan 31 Townsville Bulletin
MBBA President's claim
"At long last the Mission Beach area looks likely to reap the benefits of the decades-long campaign to improve boating facilities for recreational users and commercial boat operators"
Don't you mean the decades-long campaign for a marina at Boat Bay?
Commercial interests will benefit at the expense of recreational boaties.
Who is this proposal going to benfit? Developers and real estate agents are very excited.
"GBRMPA’s assessment is the project’s final hurdle".
The Mission Beach Clump Point Boating Infrastructure Project has not yet received all state and federal approvals.
“Tick and flick” State approvals are proceeding without EIA or public consultation, under pressure to be completed before GBRMPA’s Comments deadline.
"Funding is guaranteed by the State Government".
TMR Public Information Package states gov funding is not guaranteed see pages 11,17, 22. (link on icon right)
Watch out for next stage. Who will it be to try again for private marina facilities in beautiful Boat Bay?
"We believe it is important that the Cassowary Coast and the wider community from Townsville to Cairns including the Tablelands, whose boaties are all regular visitors to Mission Beach, let the GBRMPA know that most of us support these much-needed boating improvements. Precise details and designs are available in an information package at hhtp/-Boating- facilities/Clump-Point- Mission-Beach or contact me for a brochure."
Most of us? – or just your mates?
This project started 6 years ago to address the congestion and conflict created by commercial operator/s hogging the space at the recreational boat ramp.
What about our relaxed village atmosphere?
Our access and enjoyment of our own peaceful bay?
"Please indicate your support for this environmentally sound project to GBRMPA"
"At a time when off-shore corals are dying, this project will trash a thriving coral reef, destroy an unquantified area of benthic habitat, ruin the special beauty on which Mission Beach relies for tourism, and change the local ecology.
No wonder the government didn't want genuine public consultation.”
see ASH media release
President, Mission Beach Boating Association Inc
A quick check on Peter Heywood's background:
You can make a difference
Deadline for comments by 17 February 2018.
Your comments MUST be referenced as G39785.1.
Tell them what you think in your own words.