- The Hon Steven MilesMinister for Environment and Heritage Protection Minister for Nat Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
- The Hon Dr Anthony LynhamMinister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Keep Mission Beach Special - abandon plans to build an intrusive artificial rock island
Thank you so much!
With your help the Minister has abandoned plans for the ugly overtopping breakwater at Clump Point, Mission Beach.
But now the Minister for State Development, the Hon Dr Lynham MP has decided to transfer the whole of the development including a 120 metre rock wall to the unique basalt headland of Clump Point.
A brand new process is underway to come up with a new design with the Qld Government under pressure from those who want a marina at Mission Beach.
Clump Point and its surrounds is mapped as an Area of High Ecological Significance adjoining a Habitat Protection Marine Park Zone. It is acknowledged that the headland does not have any capacity for development expansion. The current rock wall sheltering the existing boat ramp has already had permanent adverse impact on the headland by being placed directly through a high biodiversity fringing coral reef.
We have been told the Hon Dr Anthony Lynham Minister for State Development wants to hear from the Mission Beach community. We believe the future of Mission Beach, a tourist destination where two World Heritage Areas meet is just as much of concern to the national and international community.
This is the last chance to have input via the RG to let the minister know you will support practical and environmentally sustainable solutions to service the recreational, and local commercial boat needs (consistent with recreational use); and only development that has no adverse impact on Clump Point and its surrounds.
More information here including photos of the fringing coral reef at Clump Point
We can't thank you enough for taking the time to help.
- Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
- Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Minister for Nat Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
The Hon Steven Miles
- Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
The Hon Dr Anthony Lynham
I share a vision for Mission Beach of a thriving nature based tourism economy based on protection of the exceptional natural and cultural values of our two World Heritage Areas: i e low key and boutique in nature.
Clump Point is a unique and iconic headland able to be enjoyed by the whole Mission Beach community. Establishing marine facilities at this location has resulted in destruction and ongoing impact of a section of a fringing coral reef for a boat ramp, and recent destruction of critically endangered rainforest mapped as essential cassowary habitat, to provide extra recreational boating car parking as part of the State Development 'Safe Boating Infrastructure' project.
In the interest of retaining the natural character of Mission Beach, consistent with the above vision and the World Heritage convention, future development must strive for ‘no adverse impact’.
Re the Safe Boating Infrastructure Project being planned within both the recreational boating and scenic reserves at Clump Point
I support the following:
- the Perry Harvey Jetty to be included in the provision of safe boating infrastructure,
- fuel provision at the Perry Harvey Jetty only, not at Clump Point,
- a landing for safe loading and unloading of passengers and goods at those times when boating is possible (that is weather permitting),
- car park areas to include permeable surfaces and native shade trees appropriate to this high-value natural setting,
- a “Whole of Clump Point Management Plan” to protect the high environmental and cultural values and wilderness character of the headland,
- upgrade of boat ramp to three ramps with extra landing,
- If a rock wall is to be constructed: that the rock be transported by barge only, to avoid impact of heavy vehicle traffic on roads, community and cassowary habitat.
I do not support:
- barge landing at Clump Point,
- wash down facilities on the headland,
- permanent berths, introduction of floating pontoons (marina), future expansion or private development,
I have serious concerns about:
-the purpose and footprint of a rock wall (proposed 120 metres) and its impacts on the natural values of Clump Point including its fringing coral reef, its unique geomorphological form and its beauty.
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