Construct and Implement Sewage Pump-out facility at the Port Douglas Marina.
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Reef tourism boats operating out of Port Douglas can legally dump sewage effluent into the ocean between Port Douglas and the Outer Great Barrier Reef. This poses a real threat to the coral reef, as the effluent adds to the nutrient load in the marine environment, and can increase the growth of algae – which is a direct competitor of coral. This is the only option for many of the tourism operators, due to the fact that there is no Sewage Pump-Out facility available at the Port Douglas marina. This dumping really should not be allowed, especially in such a pristine environment, where the community and local economy heavily rely on the dollars raised from reef tourism.
What's exciting news, is that there are currently plans to re-develop the marina, so there has never been a better time to ensure that this important sewage Pump-out facility is put in place.
Please join the fight and publicly express your support for a Sewage Pump-Out facility to be constructed and implemented at the Port Douglas marina, whether as a requirement included in the Crystalbrook Collection re-development plan, or implemented by other means - such as through the Douglas Shire Council. This would mean that all the boats could discharge their waste at the marina, where it can be moved to the treatment plant to be processed properly, before it enters our waterways. This is one pretty simple action that can be undertaken to reduce the nutrient load on the reef, and help protect this globally significant natural ecosystem into the future.
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