Save Moreton Bay - Stop Toondah Harbour development

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Please act immediately to save Toondah Harbour's critically endangered shorebirds (Eastern Curlew and Great Knot), vulnerable shorebirds, and the turtles, dugongs, dolphins, mangrove forests and seagrass beds found in the 42 ha of publicly-owned RAMSAR-listed wetland which will be destroyed by Walker Corporation's private 3600 unit and marina development out in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. 

Failure to honour our international RAMSAR treaty obligations by approving the concreting over and dredging out of the inter-tidal and shallow sub-tidal foraging and roosting habitat of migratory shorebird species, seriously disrupting their lifecycle is unacceptable. 

Unless the Palaszczuk Government revokes the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area over the Toondah Ramsar wetlands and withdraws its support for this development OR the Federal Government rejects this development, this ecological paradise and the nearby threatened koala population will be lost forever.

If you allow this development to proceed, your decision will cause 'permanent and irreversible' impacts such as:

  • removing approximately half a million cubic metres of seabed and wetland destroying widespread seagrass beds and hectares of mangrove forests, disturbing sediment, reducing light penetration and potentially exposing acid sulfate soils to oxidising (acidifying) conditions.

  • requiring this spoil to be dumped elsewhere (likely in the Bay) and ongoing dredging to maintain the new harbour that will replace the RAMSAR wetland

  • thousands of extra vehicle movements and traffic congestion and loss of views to the bay and islands

  • increased litter, stormwater and light pollution, damage from boat anti-fouling paint and boat strikes on loggerhead, hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles

  • likely damage to important nearby shorebird, coral and satmarsh habitat at Oyster Point, Cassim Island and the Nandeebie claypan. 

Please respect RAMSAR. Instead of selling off this public land, locking those who don't live there out and losing the shorebirds, koalas, fish, stingrays, crustaceans etc. living there, invest in upgrading the ferry terminal and locate this type of development at a more appropriate location back on land.

There is only one Moreton Bay! No'offset' elsewhere (especially in countries Australia has no jurisdiction over or enforcement capability) will compensate for losing another slice of this marine sanctuary. Once it's gone, it's gone :((

Please reject donations from Walker of $225,000 to the federal Liberal Party and $23,000 to Queensland Labor during the approvals process and act to keep Moreton Bay’s 43 shorebird, 7 of the world’s 8 turtle species (including endangered loggerheads) rare dugongs and 355 marine invertebrate species and its unique natural beauty. 

As custodians of our environment, we urge you to change course and reject this development and prevent this catastrophe.

If you do, your legacy will be one that ensures current and future generations can continue flock to the shores of our beautiful Bay to enjoy the remarkable sight of koalas, turtles, maybe even a dugong as well as marvel at shorebirds flying in from 10,000+ kilometres for up to 8 days non-stop to feed and rest here every summer.