The Department of State Development and Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) set up a stall in the foyer of Mission Beach Woollworths for three days this week encouraging the community to accept the ugly rock wall breakwater proposed for the Perry Harvey Jetty.
A large part of the community is not fully aware of what is being planned.
The survey brochure being distributed claims "Many local residents groups and businesses and the Cassowary Coast Council have been involved in finding safe boating infrastructure solutions" and that "While there was a range of views about what infrastructure should be built, certain themes emerged"
It will be sent directly to the Major Projects department.
1. Do you support the proposed solution to separate commercial and recreational boating facilities?
Yes with conditions.
The new improved jetty, once the planned extra landings are placed on the north side will greatly improve the safety for commercial operators understanding that the upgraded boat ramp can be utilised when weather conditions are unfavourable at the jetty. The additional ramp and parking at Clump Point boat ramp would alleviate any conflict problems between recreational and commercial operators arising from congestion during occasional peak demands. Reasonable conditions can be applied to usage.
2. Do you support the boat ramp proposal as explained for recreational users?
Yes with reservations.
Following are matters that need to be considered in any upgrade of the boat ramp, car parking and sealing of the access road.
- There will be considerable additional 'hardening' of natural areas to provide extra car parks. Mangroves will be removed to extend the existing car park and high value rainforest will be encroached by establishing the 2nd car park.
- Consultants, Aurecon, have played down the value of the site saying it is of low quality. This is not the case. The site may have some weed infestation but the vegetation is almost certainly critically endangered littoral rainforest (See brochure of the natural values of Clump Point). The vegetation needs to be assessed 'on the ground', not solely from existing vegetation mapping.
- Standard engineering solutions are not appropriate for the unique headland. How the built area will impact on the cultural, natural and aesthetic value of Clump Point and departure point to the Great Barrier Reef needs to be a prime consideration in the design. Best practice low impact designs appropriate for a World Heritage setting must be employed (such as permeable ground covers instead of bitumen and design and location of car park retaining natural vegetation and not dominating the natural character of the headland etc.)
- Any upgrade of the road must be of a low key nature and in keeping with the character of the setting.
- The rock wall is planned to be raised an extra 1.4 metres. How will this impact on the integrity of views to horizon at the approach to the ramp?
3. Do you support the jetty proposal as explained to make the jetty more useable, which could provide for increased economic activity in Mission Beach?
The rock wall, is not only ugly , it would forever compromise the natural and aesthetic value of picturesque Clump Point headland and Boat Bay. It would set a dangerous precedent. NO artificial reef or freestanding rock wall or island has ever been approved in the GBRWHA. None of the $5.5m given to the State by the Federal Government specifically for a scoping study has been spent on any research that shows this intrusive artificial wall will facilitate local economic development. Degrading the beauty of the Clump Point area would lesson the tourist appeal of Mission Beach, described in tourism brochures as a place of rare and diverse beauty'
View DSDIP's wave modelling and visual interpretation of the rock wall