The Cassowary Coast Regional Council is being asked "why is it taking so long to rebuild the community jetty at Mission Beach"? read flyer
Cyclone Yasi is being used by would-be marina developers to take advantage of the post-YASI reconstruction effort.
A new concept has been presented to the Prime Minister, Premier, State politicians and government department officials in an attempt to cut through red tape and fast-track approval for a Marina. Once again the call for inapropriate infrastructure in the high ecologically significant area is holding up progress for a purpose built jetty to cater for the boating needs of Mission Beach.
Below is how the high ecological area of Clump point/Narragon Beach is envisaged to look after excavation, reclamation and installation of rock walls.
The walls will have to be at least 7 metres above highest astronomical tide (HAT) (because that is what the Premier said we could face with Yasi) which is 4.2 metres above LAT. If the rock face slopes at 30°, the base of the triangle at LAT level has to be 38.8 metres, and at seabed level, (38.8 + 3.4*D) metres at depth (D). The outer wall is about 700 metres long. This is a monumental amount of rock.
(New information about height of Yasi tidal surge)
Regardless of the engineering logistics or environmental possibilities, the wisdom of such a project must be questioned especially with the photos of the Hinchinbrook marina so fresh in our minds.
Nine news interviewed Castaways manager Will Neville and local recreational boat owner Peter Salleras on the implications such a development would have on the Mission Beach community.
The Clump Point area has always been a significant place for the Djiru Aboriginal traditional owners for its cultural, spiritual, social, educational and recreational values. Djiru brochure
Unique Clump Point
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council in partnership with Terrain NRM produced a brochure on the Natual Values of Clump Point.
Marina has history of dividing community
Plans for a large scale marina at Clump Point/Boat Bay has a long and controversial history. A community group called Friends of Boat Bay (FOBB) was formed in opposition to the original development and in March 2003 a rally was attended by about 170 people who arrived at Boat Bay in kayaks, boats and mini-buses in protest of the proposal.
Do we want another Oyster Point?
Read about the history of Port Hinchinbrook marina
"The ABC has also requested information from the harbour master in Townsville as to why the harbour (Hinchinbrook) wasn't evacuated under the yellow alert and who determines what constitutes a cyclone-proof marina and what are the requirements." read more
"If Boat Bay is not safe, neither is any other pristine or relatively undeveloped coastal area".
Margaret Moorhouse outlines the reasons Boat Bay is so important in the context of Coastal Management and encourages you to write a letter to the ministers.