I am really ashamed to be an Australian, with the pending coal mine dump site, at Abbot Point, given approval, by both the federal government and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The first coal mine is owned by Indian billionaire, Guatum Adani, while a second mine is planned in the Galilee Basin by another Indian billionaire, Gina (no heart) Rinehart, along with the big Clive Palmer (why do we give him, so much attention, when he is a major partner, in the rape and pillage of the Great Barrier Reef?)
Dumping has been approved for three million cubic metres of dredge spoil, inside the marine park, with plans to expand the coal port at Abbot Point.
Epic, irreversible damage, to possibly the most important World Heritage area on the planet.
This damage caused by the dumping of slurry, resulting in among other things, turbid water, killing of coral (needs light to photosynthesise and feed), dugongs, turtles, fish and other marine species.
It will further contribute to acidification of ocean and more greenhouse gases.
It is unconscionable that this magnificent eco system and beauty could be destroyed for ever.
Along with this, the Great Barrier Reef has already significantly declined in the last 5 years, according to scientists, quite possibly due to a similar port at Hay Point near Gladstone.
It may be over the border but it would be great if we could muster as much momentum to this potentially tragic issue, as we have seen in this area when objecting to coal seam gas mining.
I urge anyone concerned to act, to stop this. Sign petitions, write to the minister for environment, Greg Hunt and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Do whatever you can to put a halt to this flabbergasting madness.
Sally Freeman, Byron Bay