"The Reference Group (RG) members also provided information about a number of issues including the likely size of vessels that should be considered (see Table) and the desirable facilities to be included in any design".
Some of the reference group members and local marine tourism operators (who attended meetings as 'expert advisers') wanted the existing jetty to be included in the overall considerations. Any discussion about the jetty was denied.
The facilitator even went as far as to say "the minister would get angry if the jetty was mentioned and that he didn't like the references already being recorded in the minutes"
The State government refused to consider input from the RG other than the range of proposals they specifically limited to Clump Point.
Reef Goddess ------Operates from Dunk Island
Island Spirit ------- Water Taxi. Beach landing between Mission Beach/Dunk Island. Uses Clump Point pontoon during rough conditions.
Big Mama --------- Left the area solely because of weather conditions. (Not enough sunny days)
Island Voyager -- Not operational
Spiegel ------------ Not operational
Betty Lou ------- Operates from Cardwell
Quickcat --------- Not operational
Reef Magic ------- Operates from Cairns
Mary Little ------- Happy at Hull River
Jarrah T ---------- Operates from Hull River
Recreational --- All fictional
When the Clump Point (now called the Perry Harvey) jetty supported a thriving tourism industry in the 80's, Dunk Island resort was operating at capacity and the Cairns reef tourism industry was limited to Green Island. Passengers were bussed from Cairns. Mission Beach tourism businesses experienced pressure to operate even when weather conditions were unfavourable. Locals working on the large fast boats often described their day by how many paper bags were used by the passengers.
The larger boats became non-viable when Cairns developed as an international World Heritage Reef and Rainforest destination.
Existing tourism businesses don't operate reef tours in weather that would cause discomfort to passengers.
International studies have shown that tourists now prefer a more personal, cultural and natural experience that relates to a local community.
Mission Beach has got it all and is developing a strong identity and character as a low key village atmosphere supporting boutique businesses.
The Queensland Government is leading the proposal for Clump Point. There has been:
- NO studies to show supposed NEEDS
- NO market research to support visitor demand
- NO statistics showing how many days a year tourist boats can expect to operate from Mission Beach.
- NO consideration for existing BOUTIQUE OWNER OPERATOR MARINE TOURISM OPERATORS
- NO consideration for sustainable nature based tourism
- NO consideration for the dire condition of the The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
- NO consideration for long term ECONOMIC STABILITY
Given the large number of claims in the Public Information Package (PIP) that can be shown to be untrue -
WE DEMAND AN INDEPENDENT EXPERT REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
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