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March 5, 2021

Mega-ports wrecking the Reef

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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

We are the Year 12 Marine Studies class of Byron Bay High School and we are concerned about the proposed building of megaports, dredging and shipping in the Great Barrier Reef.

We understand that mining will generate money and jobs but the damage to the reef would mean a loss to the fishing and tourism industries that guarantee future income for many generations to come.

The Great Barrier Reef is also home to many species that are found nowhere else, such as the snubfin dolphin, whose habitat is at risk. As well as protecting the wide range of biodiversity, the reef protects the coast parallel to where it is situated and the food grown on the land.

There has already been damage to the reef from the increased boat traffic and dredging. This was evidenced in 2010 when the Chinese supercarrier crashed into the reef, and in 2011 when dredging was linked, by independent researchers, to fish and coral death.

As teenagers who will inherit the world that current leaders make decisions about, we demand the long-term sustainable management of our natural resources for future generations.

Michelle Lowe on behalf of Byron Bay Year 12 Marine Studies students

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  1. The Industrial Age has paved the way for Information Technology. The costs are far outweighing the benefits.We choose how we want to live. Unfortunately, our “comforts” and “must haves” are also our choice.

  2. Thanks so much, Michelle and others in your class, for learning and developing some understanding about the sea! I am glad that you all are making a start with acting on what you know. Writing a letter to the editor is an important step. Getting together as a group, compiling your case, having a spokesperson, getting through to the final copy, sending it away — the most important experiences you can have in high school! And not easy experiences either!

    That’s why I am encouraged to read your letter. I know how much you all went through to get to the point where you want to speak up and do something. I am glad you young people are getting ready to take up the work. The problems now were generations in the making and will demand attention from generations to come. Welcome aboard!

    Right now, in your own neighbourhood and in your own family, you can get into action and find out about the history of the sea right where you live. Go for it!

    All the best


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