For a short paddle to highlight the importance of the Pumicestone
Passage. This internationally and regionally significant waterway is
under threat from the massive Caloundra South development - a city the
size of Gladstone for 50,000 people within its sensitive catchment. Join
with others who share your love of this special environment.
Please bring along a sign or decoration with your message about how you feel about the magnificent Pumicestone Passage Free and discounted kayaks are available for pre-bookings (limited numbers)
Contact: Sunshine Coast Environment Council 5441 5747 or Narelle 0424 465 487
FLOTILLA FOR THE PROTECTION OF PUMICESTONE PASSAGE
Meet at 10am
15 May 2011
Caloundra Power Boat Club Jetty Woorim Park Lamerough Parade Golden Beach
“The community flotilla is to demonstrate how important this internationally significant waterway is to the Sunshine Coast region. The scale and intensity of the Caloundra South development presents serious threat to a fragile ecological system” explained SCEC Campaigns Manager, Narelle McCarthy.
In pushing into such a sensitive catchment, all levels of government, the ULDA and the developer are accountable for ensuring this cornerstone of marine biodiversity in south-east Queensland and Australia is not compromised” “People enjoy the Sunshine Coast for its marine life and natural lifestyle and these values need to be protected and enhanced into the future” she said.
Also joining the flotilla will be members of Earthrace Conservation, the new marine conservation organisation started by ‘whale warrior’, Pete Bethune. Leading the group is Earthrace Australia’s Operations Director, Alan Winstanley.
“You have to wonder at the motives of politicians who are seriously considering turning an internationally protected area, home to many diverse listed species including endangered dugongs and sea turtles, into a development the size of a small city”, said Alan.
“Intensive land-use, existing development and recreational activities are already putting pressure on the area. The proposed plans will decimate this outstanding example of our natural habitat. There is something rotten going on in Australia and the world is watching” he said.
Colin Whocares Riddell and Bob Irwin of Save Our Australian Dugong and Save Our Australian Turtles “Support any action to protect the habitat of dugongs and turtles on the Australian coastline"
Meet at Caloundra Power Boat Club Jetty, Golden Beach
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