Hands Off Deepwater National Park
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Acting Gladstone Regional Mayor Chris Trevor has recently confirmed that an upgrade of the existing 4WD track stretching from Springs Road at Agnes Water, through Deepwater National Park, to Wreck Rock at Deepwater will be proceeding despite alternative routes being available.
The upgrade of the sand 4WD track to a general use gravel road with passing / pull over facilities will have significant impacts on threatened ecological communities, threatened species and migratory species listed under the EPBC Act (1999) in the area.
The proposed action will also impact matters of national environmental significance adjacent to and downstream from the imminent location. Australia's eastern beaches also support the only significant stock of the endangered loggerhead turtle in the South Pacific Ocean and Wreck Rock beach at Deepwater National Park is considered to be the second largest mainland loggerhead nesting site.
We are asking council to reconsider this decision based on opposition from various stakeholders including environmental groups, business owners, developers and long term locals.
We are concerned about the long term environmental, social and economical impacts that this upgrade will have on the area.
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