7 November 2009


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19 October 2009


SOS Tin Can Bay Inc passes 1000 Members!
 


 
  SOS Tin Can Bay formed as a result of widespread community concern at the scale and social and environmental impact of the proposed development, which culminated in a 500-strong attendance at a community meeting on 14 March 2004.

At that meeting, resolutions were unanimously endorsed calling for proper master planning for this regionally sensitive area. Subsequently, Cooloola Shire Council passed resolutions on 16 March 2004 calling on the State Government to involve the Cooloola Shire Council and the local community in the development of a Master Plan for Snapper Creek, the Norman Point foreshore and Tin Can Inlet before any further approvals were given.

In 2005 SOSTCB commenced a postcard campaign requesting that the proposed marina be refused and a Master Plan be implemented to protect our precious coastline from over-development. We were very successful in getting support with 4578 signatures which were sent to the state environment minister in 2007. After this we realised that once a petition is used, what do you do with it? Other than stating "We have 4578 signatures opposing the proposed marina" and quoting it, there is not much more can be said.

In November 2007 our group opted to become incorporated to continue the fight against this marina proposal. We have now reached 1002 members in opposition to the proposed marina and counting. Now, rather than have to explain to people what we are about they come to our stall at the Tin Can Bay market and say "Where do we sign up?" Not bad for a community group in any place let alone the Cooloola Coast with a population of only 5,000 and we get 98% of new members once a month at the TCB Market Stall. I wonder how many other groups in Gympie Region can say they have this many people caring enough, to join an organisation, so that they can be heard.

Just because this has dragged on for years does not mean we have lost the battle. To the contrary, the developer now complains about how much time and money they have spent to comply, because of our persistence and pressure, with all the government regulations. DON'T GIVE UP.

Why is there suddenly a big push for the Seymour Group to get this proposed marina approved?

It maybe just timing, but I don't think so. On 6th October 2009 we attended an information session on the proposed new "State Coastal Management Plan" (SCMP) held by Dept of Environment & Resource Management (DERM) at Nambour where we asked questions and voiced our concerns about the proposed marina.

From the information disseminated we can be fairly certain that this development would be knocked on the head before it even started if the application were applied for after the new SCMP is implemented Next year. There would be serious issues regarding future sea level rise, increased cyclone occurrence, due climate change and especially areas of "high scenic significance" which is rated at 10 for unspoilt natural views to 1 a view totally urbanised. The view from Norman Point would probably score an 8 or 9 and the view from the existing Tin Can Bay Marina would score 2 or 3 where development would be allowed to continue under this regime. This would preserve the beauty of Norman Point and stop the reclamation of sand flats to put a carpark and a massive tin shed, but not stop the redevelopment of the existing buildings there. SOSTCB has been arguing for a "Master Plan" since 2004. If only this had been implemented 2 or 3 years ago the development would have been halted already.

The high wind area which runs through Norman Point makes this location unsuitable for any marina of any size. Due to Climate Change and sea level rise we will probably get more and more cyclones and high velocity winds in the future which is a major safety issue if nothing else. In Darwin, for instance, Cullen Bay Marina is fully enclosed and has a loch to protect the moored vessels from high winds and storm surges. Even Urangan Boat Harbour in Hervey Bay has a high rock barrage around it.


19 September 2009


About Cyclones & Tin Can Bay - Supplement to 8th September 2009
 


 
  Below is a quote from a letter, in reply to a query, by David Hourigan, (A/Executive Director Passenger Transport 29-4-2009). I believe this is the true definition of a state boat harbour.

The original definition of; "The five state boat harbours located throughout Queensland, including Snapper Creek Boat Harbour, were originally chosen for their capacity to provide a degree of shelter and to act as a safe haven for boat owners, for use as an anchorage in the event of storms and other natural disasters occurring."

The original intent of the state boat harbours was not a marina. If this marina goes ahead there will be no safe harbour or haven for any boat unless the owner can pay. The definition of a harbour is not marina! Because QT made it illegal, visiting vessels can't moor in this safe haven even in times of inclement weather.

In times of cyclones Norman Point isn't sheltered enough, as it is a Point not a Bay, and Snapper Creek is a full flow tidal creek. From 1906 till TC Cyclone Hamish in 2009 there have been 46 cyclones within 200 Kilometres of Snapper Creek Boat Ramp and 8 cyclones within 50 Kilometres. The eight are TC #3 Feb. 1931 (Hervey Bay), TC #4 Feb. 1947 (Gympie), TC #4 Jan. 1951 (between Inskip & TCB), TC #10 Mar 1951 (Tinnanbah), TC Althea Dec 1971(between Inskip & TCB), TC Daisy Feb 1972(between Inskip & TCB), TC Wanda Jan. 1974(between Inskip & TCB), TC Fran Mar. 1992 (between Inskip & TCB), some of which have come within just kilometres of our town. There has been a drought of cyclones (14 years) since 1995 (TC Gertie) till 2009 (TC Hamish).

We should worry about the extremely exposed location of this proposal because I don't believe any building code on a 60 x 36 metre, 11 metre high tin shed, let alone 243 boats, can withstand the full force of a cyclone. People do forget and governments don't seem to care when it comes to big project developments!

Gympie Regional Council Divisions

After reading Cr Graham Engeman's article in the Bulletin last month it made me realise how out of touch any councillor is that does not live in the area that they are representing. As Cr Engeman opted, in 2008, to represent this area, and as does not live here, how can he be in touch with the feelings of the people down here on any subject. We need divisional representation again. In the past we, on the Cooloola Coast, did not have representation until the 2000 Council Elections and had to fight for it, and then at the last election (2008) it was taken away due to amalgamation and an undemocratic decision. We need to be heard and we want it back!


12 September 2009


Letter to the Editor - Ministers Deny Vote Influence
 


 
  At the Community Cabinet in Bundaberg, SOS Tin Can Bay had a deputation with the following Ministers - Kate Jones, Rachel Nolan, Tim Mulherin and Stirling Hinchliffe who clearly stated that a decision was imminent regarding the marina proposal and that they would be directing council, this was backed up with nods by Kate Jones & Rachel Nolan. So you can see how confused I felt after reading the article in the Gympie Times (12/09/09) where the ministers now denies saying this. The other SOSTCB representative that was present was also confused as their recollection of the meeting was the same as mine. Tin Mulherin's statement that he will not be "directing" the council but "advising" them does seem to split hairs. Just as Ron Dyne's statement that state ministers could not tell him which way to vote, but he is still waiting for advice from them.

What is it these days, semantics or buck passing?

If Tony Bellas only applied for a deputation to speak to ministers when he found out that SOSTCB had one then he would have already been too late to apply. But why the CEO of Seymour Group would be travelling 4 ˝ hours to a Community Cabinet meeting in Bundaberg with out a deputation when he can obviously pick up the phone and have a meeting with any of these ministers at any time, which is exactly what he did 4 days later. And incidentally, how did Tony Bellas know that SOSTCB had a deputation with the ministers?

Why is Tony Bellas so offended at lobbyist claims? He makes it sound like Lobbying is some sort of dirty business and is highly offensive when in actual fact it is due process when done by registered lobbyists and not CEO's. Considering Tony's treasury position, appointments and his present position as CEO, does this mean that Seymour Group when they are lobbying the government they can ignore the Lobbyist Register Legislation because they are employing Tony Bellas as a CEO and not as a lobbyist. If they can, maybe the law needs to be changed. In the article he states that he "didn't know when a decision was going to be made" but at the TCB Chamber of Commerce AGM on 25 August 2009 he clearly stated that a decision was due on 24th September 2009.

His resume reads like a who's who of the QLD government (search "Tony Bellas" in Google and the Qld Govt Websites)

Interesting Timeline

I believe Seymour purchased the development lease from David Wright, in mid to late 2006

Seymour Group tried to make the proposed marina development application non-code assessable - attempting to remove the council, and other opposition to the marina, from any decision making process.

Cooloola Shire Council fought this in the Planning & Environment Court in Brisbane 23-08-2007 and a decision was handed down at least 2 months later, approx October 2007 and Cooloola Shire Council won stating that the marina proposal was code assessable.

Peter Daly (Seymour Group Development Manager) attended the court proceedings as did 17 members of SOS Tin Can Bay (we were a non-incorporated group at this time - incorporation was in November 2007) who were representing the residents of Cooloola Shire. Soon after Tony Bellas joins Seymour Group

Tony Bellas left Ergon in October 2007 Director of Watpac December 2007

Résumé

Tony Bellas started working for the QLD Treasury Department in about 1987 to December 2001 rising to the level Deputy Under Treasurer. His bosses were Gerard Bradley (Under Treasurer), David Hamill, (Treasurer 1998-Jan 2001) and Terry Mackenroth (Treasurer Feb 2001 to Dec 2001). In December 2001 Tony Bellas was appointed CEO of CS Energy, a State's Government-owned corporation, until 2004. From CS Energy he appointed as CEO of Ergon Energy in 2004, another State's Government-owned corporation, until he left the public service in 2007 to join Seymour Group. Terry Mackenroth as Treasurer was one of the two State Government Ministers who hold shares in CS Energy on behalf of the people of Queensland from 2001 to 2005 when he resigned from parliament in July 2005 the other is the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy who is at present Stephen Robertson, MP. Tony Bellas is at this time, CEO of Seymour Group and Non-executive Director of WATPAC. I have been informed that he did speak to Tim Mulherin, MP, Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland (without a deputation - which means he had no prior long term reason to need to meet with a minister other than to try to sabotage our deputation to the ministers) Major Government shareholders for the people of Queensland (Tony Bellas' Ministerial bosses - 50% Treasurer & 50% Energy Portfolio)


Joan Sheldon Treasurer of Queensland ? - 1998
David Hamill Treasurer of Queensland 1998 - February 2001
Terry Mackenroth Treasurer of Queensland February 2001 - July 2005
Peter Beattie Treasurer of Queensland July 2005 - February 2006
Anna Bligh Treasurer of Queensland February 2006 - September 2007


Stephen Robertson - Minister for Natural Resources, Mines 22/02/2001 to 12/02/2004
Stephen Robertson - Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy 12/2/2004 - 25/8/2004
John Mickel - Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy & Minister for Energy 25/8/2004 -
Gordon R Nuttall - Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy 28/07/2005 - 7/12/2005
John Mickel - Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy & Minister for Energy 3/03/2005 - 13/9/2006


8 September 2009


Letter to the Editor - Cyclones & Tin Can Bay
 


 
  Below is a quote from reply by David Hourigan (29-4-2009) (ref # MC41291 6-4-2009).
I believe this is the true definition of a state boat harbour.
The original definition of "The five state boat harbours located throughout Queensland, including Snapper Creek Boat Harbour, were originally chosen for their capacity to provide a degree of shelter and to act as a safe haven for boat owners, for use as an anchorage in the event of storms and other natural disasters occurring."


The original intent of the state boat harbours was not a marina. If this marina goes ahead there will be no safe harbour or haven for any boat unless the owner can pay. The definition of a harbour is not marina!

Late last year or earlier this year QT made it illegal a visiting vessel to drop anchor in this safe haven. Vessels should be able to moor in the harbour, only in certain places, not in front of the boat ramp and not tied up to our only miniscule jetty for hours on end as some have, but in designated places for short times and in times of inclement weather which is not in times of cyclones either because it isn't that sheltered.

Since 1906 till TC Cyclone Hamish in 2009 there have been 46 cyclones within 200Kms of Snapper Creek Boat Ramp and 8 cyclones within 50 Kms. The eight are TC #3 Feb. 1931 (into Hervey Bay), TC #4 Feb. 1947 (Gympie), TC #4 Jan. 1951 (right through Tin Can Bay), TC #10 Mar 1951 (right through Tinnanbah), TC Althea Dec 1971(right through Tin Can Bay), TC Daisy Feb 1972(right through Tin Can Bay), TC Wanda Jan. 1974(right through Tin Can Bay), TC Fran Mar. 1992 (right through Tin Can Bay), some of which have come within just kilometres of the town. Everyone is aware that there are building codes for cyclone areas as a reason why she should not worry about this marina being built here. We should worry because of the extremely exposed location of this proposal. I don't believe any building code on a tin shed or any marina in an exposed location, as this is, can withstand the full force of a cyclone. There has been a drought of cyclones (14 years) since 1995 (TC Gertie) till 2009 (TC Hamish). People forget!

1) 1915 Unnamed TC #2
2) 1919 Unnamed TC #1
3) 1921 Unnamed TC #6
4) 1922 Unnamed TC #2
5) 1925 Unnamed TC #4
6) 1925 Unnamed TC #5
7) 1928 Unnamed TC #3
8) 1929 Unnamed TC #7
9) 1931 Unnamed TC #3
10) 1938 Unnamed TC #1
11) 1939 Unnamed TC #4
12) 1946 Unnamed TC #8
13) 1946 Unnamed TC #9
14) 1947 Unnamed TC #3
15) 1947 Unnamed TC #4
16) 1948 Unnamed TC #7
17) 1948 Unnamed TC #9
18) 1950 Unnamed TC #4
19) 1951 Unnamed TC #4
20) 1951 Unnamed TC #10
21) 1953 Unnamed TC #8
22) 1954 Unnamed TC #3
23) 1955 Unnamed TC #9
24) 1955 Unnamed TC #2
25) 1956 Unnamed TC #11
26) 1956 Unnamed TC #7
27) 1962 TC Annie
28) 1963 Unnamed TC #34
29) 1967 TC Dinah
30) 1971 TC Dora
31) 1971 TC Fiona
32) 1972 TC Emily
33) 1972 TC Daisy
34) 1972 TC Althea
35) 1974 TC Wanda
36) 1974 TC Zoe
37) 1976 TC Dawn
38) 1976 TC Beth
39) 1980 TC Simon
40) 1981 TC Cliff
41) 1982 TC Abigail
42) 1990 TC Nancy
43) 1992 TC Fran
44) 1994 TC Rewa
45) 1995 TC Gertie
46) 2009 TC Hamish

Bureau of Meteorology Cyclone Information page


10th September 2009


Letter to the Editor
 


 
  On 30 August SOS Tin Can Bay Inc attended the Community Cabinet at Bundaberg

When we arrived at about 1:15pm we noticed that Tony Bellas, CEO of Seymour Group & Non-executive Director of WATPAC, was already there. I actually was a bit surprised to see him there, but when I thought about later I realised why he was there.

We got set up with our placards and stood watching the action. The Electrical Trade unionists were very vocal at first, then the teachers were at it and no-one seemed much interested except ABC Radio Bundaberg.

While all this was happening Tony Bellas took a photo of us. I thought long and hard over this with the big question. Why?

Meanwhile the premier waffled on with self congratulatory remarks about how great her government was and what a great job they were doing. Finally she got around to asking people to address any relevant minister about anything they wanted (which is what the community cabinet was about I thought).

Yvonne Walsh one of our supporters wanted to ask a question with regards to environmental concerns about Norman Point. Yvonne asked "Fraser Island and Inskip Point are protected under 2.8.1 of the EPA Act does that mean that Norman Point is protected. If it doesn't, why not?

At this point Anna Bligh stated that it was a good technical question and was about to pass it over to Kate Jones MP Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability when she decided that open questions had run out of time and could the minister take the question privately at a Kate Jones' table. So a very difficult question to answer was relegated to privacy instead of the public forum. Yvonne informed me that the minister dutifully listened to the question and answered with no particular answer.

While Yvonne was speaking to Kate Jones it was noted that Tony Bellas was talking to Tim Mulherin MP about Fraser Straits Marina Proposal without a deputation. What we did not note was whether or when he spoke to Stirling Hinchliffe MP because about 5 minutes prior to my deputation he turned around and seemed to recognise me. It starts to be interesting chain of events.

At the deputation with the ministers (Kate Jones, Rachel Nolan, Tim Mulherin and Stirling Hinchliffe) Stirling Hinchliffe basically took over from the other ministers they stated that a decision is imminent with no other elaboration (I had found out that this decision will take place on 24th September 2009 from Tony Bellas' in an address at the Chamber Of Commerce & Tourism AGM on the 25th August 2009) and that council was the Application Manager and that the Queensland Government would direct the council as to which way to vote but for some reason seem to want to abrogate all responsibility for the project. So why aren't objections directed to the various Government Ministries directly? The feeling I get is that all objections only go to the council and are not forwarded to the various government ministries.

Eventually the curious question of who this CEO of Seymour Group was and what is his history got the better of me. With a simple search of the web this is what I found out.

Tony Bellas started working for the QLD Treasury Department in about 1987 to December 2001 rising to the level Deputy Under Treasurer (3rd in command of the Qld Treasury Dept).

His bosses were Gerard Bradley (Under Treasurer), David Hamill, (Treasurer 1998-Jan 2001) and Terry Mackenroth (Treasurer Feb 2001 to Dec 2001). In December 2001 Tony Bellas was appointed CEO of CS Energy (a State Government-owned corporation).

From CS Energy he appointed as CEO of Ergon Energy in 2004, another State Government-owned corporation, until he left in 2007 to join Seymour Group.

Terry Mackenroth as Treasurer was one of the two State Government Ministers who hold shares in CS Energy on behalf of the people of Queensland from 2001 to 2005 when he resigned from parliament in July 2005. The other is the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy who is at present Stephen Robertson, MP.

Tony Bellas is at this time, CEO of Seymour Group and Non-executive Director of WATPAC. So, why did this million dollar salaried executive from Seymour/WATPAC travelled all the way to Bundaberg to see a minister, possibly a parliamentary Secretary or Senior Public Servant when he could almost certainly pick up the phone and speak to anyone he wanted, any day of the week, which I'm sure he knows on a first name basis. I have been informed that he did speak to Tim Mulherin, MP, Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland (without a deputation) and who else was he speaking to we don't know.

Considering Tony's treasury position, appointments and his present position as CEO, does this mean that Seymour Group when they are lobbying the government they can ignore the Lobbyist Register Legislation because they aren't employing Tony Bellas as a CEO and not as a lobbyist. If he can, maybe the law needs to be changed. (If a person or company lobbies the government, on a professional basis, it required by law to be registered)

If this smells like another labor mates deal maybe it is?


31 August 2009


Community Cabinet Bundaberg 30th August 2009
 


 
  Here I am just going to reiterate the points I made yesterday as a formal reminder as I understand that "speed dating" with ministers has a tendency to confuse our issues with many other issues. Below includes what I did, and did not get a chance to say due our time constraint.

    1. The original definition of; "The five state boat harbours located throughout Queensland, including Snapper Creek Boat Harbour, were originally chosen for their capacity to provide a degree of shelter and to act as a safe haven for boat owners, for use as an anchorage in the event of storms and other natural disasters occurring."

    The original intent of the state boat harbours was not a marina. If this marina goes ahead there will be no safe harbour or haven for any boat unless the owner can pay. The definition of a harbour is not marina!

    2. Late last year or earlier this year QT made it illegal a visiting vessel to drop anchor in this safe haven. I understand that there were some vessels who abused the privilege of this anchorage. If there was a time limit of say 24hrs where vessels could anchor in this safe haven, other than in times of extreme weather. It would alleviate the problem.

    3. Does Tin Can Bay need or can it sustain a 243 birth marina with 120 birth dry storage shed? I don't believe it does because the figures have been exaggerated by the Seymour Group. This Snapper Creek Catchment (Tin Can Bay region) - Cooloola LGA (Local Government Area) also actually includes Noosa LGA and Tiaro LGA as well. (ref - Wide Bay Marine Infrastructure Study December 2007 (Appendix F, G, H & Backpage.pdf)) Below is quoted off the Fraser Straits Marina Website which is also included in there reports and Concurrence Response.

    "Q. What will be the impact from the proposed marina from the potential increase in boat traffic on marine species in the Sandy Straits region?

    A. In 2006 there were 6,875 vessels registered in the Tin Can Bay region."

    These figures have been exaggerated by the Seymour Group. This Snapper Creek Catchment (that they call the Tin Can Bay region) - Cooloola LGA (Local Government Area) also actually includes Noosa LGA and Tiaro LGA as well. (ref - Wide Bay Marine Infrastructure Study December 2007 (Appendix F, G, H & Backpage.pdf))

    The actual total population of the three LGA's is 91,569 divided by 13.5 persons per boat equals 6,875 boat registrations. In real terms our Gympie Region Electoral population 30,656 divided by 13.5 persons for each boat should be approx. 2,270 boat registrations. So the argument that the marina is needed to support 6,875 boats is totally misrepresented. The majority of boats registered are 3-5 metre boats without sails, not large boats, which is what most boaties have around here on trailers that they store at home rent free. So this great need for a marina because there are to many boats and not enough moorings is greatly exaggerated.

    4. Safety Issues.

    Tin Can Bay Inlet is a network of narrow Channels and the Wide Bay Bar between Inskip Point and Fraser Island is one of, if not, the most treacherous bars to cross in Queensland or in fact Australia.

    (See yacht image)(Ref: http://www.sostcb.org/community.php for the story on this picture)

    5. A long time resident from Tin Can Bay sent a letter to Hon Rachel Nolan MP (ref # MC41291 6-4-2009). The reply by David Hourigan (29-4-2009) stated that Cyclone Hamish was not a foreseeable event. Maybe that particular cyclone was not but cyclones in Queensland are foreseeable.

    Forty-six cyclones have come within 200 kilometres of Tin Can Bay Since 1915, 8 of which are within 50 kilometres of Snapper Creek boat ramp TC #3 Feb. 1931 (into Hervey Bay), TC #4 Feb. 1947 (Gympie), TC #4 Jan. 1951 (right through Tin Can Bay), TC #10 Mar 1951 (right through Tinnanbah), TC Althea Dec 1971(right through Tin Can Bay), TC Daisy Feb 1972(right through Tin Can Bay), TC Wanda Jan. 1974 (right through Tin Can Bay), TC Fran Mar. 1992 (right through Tin Can Bay), some of which have come within a few kilometres Snapper Creek boat ramp. Everyone is aware that there are building codes for cyclone areas as a reason why she should not worry about this marina being built here. We should worry because of the extremely exposed location of this proposal. I don't believe any building code on a tin shed or any marina in an exposed location, as this is, can withstand the full force of a cyclone.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/silo/cyclones.cgi?region=aus&syear=1906&eyear=2006&loc=1&txtloc=&radius=50&ulat=25.54&ulon=153.00

    6. SOS Tin Can Bay Inc has support base of other clubs and groups in the area who are in opposition to this marina proposal. They are: SOS Tin Can Bay Inc. - Membership 844 as of 30/08/2009 Southern Sandy Straits Marine Environment Group Inc. Cooloola Dragon Boat Club Inc. Queensland Country Women's Association, Tin Can Bay Branch (CWA State Branch were sent a submission regarding the proposed marina and then sent a letter stating there opposition to the proposal) Sailability (Sailing for disabled children who will be totally displaced by this marina) Cooloola Coastcare Inc. Our "Gathering in the Park" managed a crowd of 240 to protest against this marina on a Saturday morning 8th Aug 2009. In a small community like ours it was a very good turnout. We had a postcard campaign about two and a half years ago where 4578 people objected to the marina proposal. Below is a breakdown of the figures: It is only since then that we have become an incorporated non-profit organisation Report on the Postcard Campaign mounted by SOS Tin Can Bay Cards signed & collected and sent to the Minister for the Environment, Queensland Government from the residents of:
 
 
Tin Can Bay

Cooloola Cove

Rainbow Beach

Gympie Region (other than above)

Queensland (other than above)

Other Australian Tourists (other than above)

International Tourists

Total


689

447

58

800

2216

313


55

4578


 
 
    From the above numbers you can see that the anti lobby groups are not small and isolated even though our present membership is not as large as our original campaign numbers. Because of personal & business commitments we only actually collect memberships on about one day a month at our local market stall. Seymour Group has thousands of dollars and full time paid employees to write all there stories.

    7. The Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Inc. only speaks for about half the members of the Chamber. I am a member of the Chamber. The chamber, by rights, should be neutral in an issue like this and not promote one business over another.

    8. If this proposal goes ahead history will note that the present government & ministers will have the distinction of being the first to irrevocably, intentionally have had a direct hand in the destruction of this RAMSAR Wetland.



Media Release
17 August 2009


GATHERING IN THE PARK A SUCCESS
 


 
  On Saturday 8th August the proposed marina opposition lobby held "Gathering in the Park" down at Norman Point and it was a great success. The crowd of approximately 200 to 240 people were addressed by Ian Donald, David Gibson MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Planning, Joe McLeod, David Kreutz from OceanWatch Australia and Greg Wood, all to loud support. Graham Engeman, GR Councillor, was an observer and Channel 7 filmed the gathering.

In David Gibson's address he announced "I am not against marinas but I am against this marina".

The anti-marina lobby along with us are: SSSMEG, Cooloola Dragon Boat Club Inc., Queensland Country Women's Association, Tin Can Bay Branch and now our local member, David Gibson MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and opposition is growing every day.

As you may have heard, the Rainbow Shores Stage 2 Development Application has been rejected on environmental grounds, based on scientific evidence. Quote "Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said the Department of Environment and Resource Management had directed the Gympie Regional Council to refuse the 200 hectare development." This media release goes on to state which fauna is endangered, vulnerable and threatened. I am listing below the corresponding birds that use the sand flats, waters and surrounds at Norman Point.

Beach Stone Curlew (vulnerable QLD), Little Tern (endangered QLD),and the members of SOS Tin Can Bay Inc. call on Kate Jones MP to reject the marina proposal on the same grounds. We can't keep stealing the feeding grounds of the fauna, destroying the flora and disturbing the roosting sites of these birds that are at risk and think there is no price to pay. Norman Point also has the Eastern Curlew (which is classified as RARE). Migratory Birds are known to fly from and return to exactly the same location every year.

Injuries to Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphins (the Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphins live out their entire lives in the Tin Can Inlet), dugong & turtle deaths (Loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta) is listed as endangered live in The Great Sandy Straits & the Tin Can Bay Inlet) from boat strike are occurring in The Great Sandy Straits now. Another 249 boats, up to 20 metres in length, cruising (usual cruising speed outside boat harbour speed limits - 20 to 22 Knots) around such a restrictive waterway will only increase the mortality rate. It is already recognised that Morton Bay has high mortality rates from a boat strike.

A long time resident from Tin Can Bay sent a letter to Minister for Transport Hon Rachel Nolan MP. The reply by David Hourigan (29-4-2009) stated that Cyclone Hamish was not a foreseeable event. Maybe that particular cyclone was not but cyclones in Queensland are foreseeable. Forty-three cyclones have come within 200 kilometres of Tin Can Bay Since 1906, some of which have come within a kilometre of the town. Everyone is aware that there are building codes for cyclone areas as a reason why she should not worry about this marina being built here. We should worry because of the extremely exposed location of this proposal. I don't believe any building code on a tin shed or any marina in an exposed location, as this is, can withstand the full force of a cyclone. Mini tornados of wind speeds of 90 - 100 kph are known to come through Norman Point and the boat ramp flipping and smashing boats. The location of this proposed marina is a disaster waiting to happen.

The original definition of; "The five state boat harbours located throughout Queensland, including Snapper Creek Boat Harbour, were originally chosen for their capacity to provide a degree of shelter and to act as a safe haven for boat owners, for use as an anchorage in the event of storms and other natural disasters occurring."

The original intent of the state boat harbours was not a marina. If this marina goes ahead there will be no safe harbour or haven for any boat unless the owner can pay. The definition of a harbour is not marina! Earlier this year QT made it illegal for a visiting vessel to drop anchor in this safe haven (and I don't mean drop anchor in Snapper Creek for weeks on end in front of the boat ramp as some were doing - they abused the privilege). I believe QT did this as a precursor to this marina happening.

GRC has received a "Public Notice of Development Application" by Seymour Group to develop Norman Point which has been cleverly done. They answered the Concurrence Request for more information and put in the application at the same time giving our council and us only until 2nd September 2009 to investigate the data compiled since March 2007. It is a mountain of a report. (Legally Council can only really object to the development of a 20 metre rock wall in a 5 Hectare Development. The Dept. of Infrastructure and Planning has control over the rest).

I suggest that objections in writing & signed be sent to Kate Jones MP (cc to the rest):

On behalf of SOS Tin Can Bay Inc I would like to welcome Queensland Country Women's Association, Tin Can Bay Branch, to the rapidly expanding numbers of people who oppose the proposed Fraser Straits Marina. At their July meeting they unanimously passed a motion stating that they were opposed to the proposed marina:



Media Release
17 July 2009


Why Stop This Marina?
 


 
  There are many reasons why this marina in this location should not be built.
  • Loss of Tourism in our area. 16,000 tourists between November and January visited the dolphins at Norman point. 33,000 in the past 12 months. Possible Cause - a disaster awaiting the Dolphins, turtles and Dugongs of the Southern Great Sandy Straits. Dangers - Poisoning from Dredging and Boat Strike


  • Loss of fishing industry & fishing tourism within this area - if poisons and heavy metals in the silts enter the food chain and people become ill the industry will cease to exist


  • Toxins - The slipway at Tin Can Bay has now been closed due to the toxins that have been released into Snapper Creek. It no longer meets environmental standards. Anti-fouling toxins & paints have been entering Snapper Creek since the 1930's (copper and tributyltin, two biocides used in antifouling paints)*


  • Dredging - the proposed marina is going to be created from dredging Snapper Creek. No one can give 100% guarantee that none of the spoil will leak into the bay (see att document QUEENSLAND ACID SULFATE SOIL TECHNICAL MANUAL Excerpt - 3. MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES)*


  • Parking - the amount of parking spaces does not account for the future needs of Norman Point considering the space that will eventually be used for shops etc. i.e. parking spaces per business


  • Sewerage - setting up a new sewerage facility to handle saltwater sewage plant plus the ongoing extra costs to the community - rates


  • Loss of safe public access to the foreshore - General Public, Tourists, community based groups such as Dragon Boat races, Sailability (sailing for disabled children), School marine studies program (Tin Can Bay P-10, Gympie SHS)


  • Considering that Tin Can Bay is a series of narrow channels 480 extra boats in the bay is excessive (See Satellite Photo Att. )*

  • We once had a public wharf and swimming area at the end of Emperor St where people and kids could swim in safety. This was also taken from the public. Now there's nowhere. Tin Can Bay has lots of Bull Sharks.


  • In recent months two more organisations have joined in opposition to the proposed marina: The Southern Sandy Straits Marine Environment Group & The Tin Can Bay Dragon Boats


  • The proposed marina will create large amounts of saltwater mixed with sewerage which will require a new sewerage plant. Who's going to pay for and upkeep this plant? Us the ratepayers!


  • With mega tons of silt being constantly dredged from the marina area into the Sediment rehandling area and then trucked out, there will be a requirement for constant repairs caused by damage to the road to Norman Point by 20 ton tippers. Who's going to pay for all the repairs? Us the ratepayers! How much rates will the council collect off the marina? Practically nothing! The Marina property belongs to QLD Transport!


  • What can the council do? Not much. They only have control over approx. 20 metres of shoreline between the coastguard building, across the front of luxury afloat to the Yacht Club.


MASTER PLAN

A Master Plan is what SOS Tin Can Bay Inc has been proposing since this development application began. The extensive range of serious problems posed by the development cannot be fairly or competently be dealt with under the existing planning framework. These impacts must be comprehensively assessed within the terms and provisions of a local Master Plan that has been developed through a broadly scoped, fully inclusive consultation process.
  Proposed Fraser Straits Marina  
  The members of SOS Tin Can Bay Inc. are not against progress and developments perse, they are a broad and diverse range of people and ideas and would be quite prepared to look at a future for Norman Point which is "in keeping with the small fishing town atmosphere" that people come here to enjoy, which earns tourist dollars. A "dry boat storage shed and service and supply stores" approximately 46m wide x 68m long x 11m high in this location does not really fit. (Total area approx. 46m x 68m = 3128m2, Shed area approx. 36m x 60m = 2160m2, Supply stores 1000m2). Spoil catchment approx. 110m x 104m = 11440m2 Nearly 3 Acres

N.B. Boat Strike Most of the berths at the proposed marina * "are for boats between 8 - 15m and only a handful for boats 20m which will only do 6 knots "no wash" within Snapper Creek". (* Statement by KBR) The above statement is correct however what is omitted is the length in meters do 8m to 20m boats require to stop at 6 knots? It will also not be doing 6 knots outside of the harbour limits. It'll be doing 20 to 25 knots leaving a wave between 90 to 120cm high which is very treacherous for persons in a 3 to 4m tinnie (this may be termed as boat swamp not boat strike) not to mention the poor dugongs (who haven't the sense or speed to get out of the way). What is the distance at say 22 knots for a 15 m boat to dodge, stop or avoid a dugong or turtle?

Explanation:
  • KBR - Kellogg, Root & Brown P/L Consultants for Seymour Group (Developer)
  • All KBR Documents taken from the EPBC website


Media Release
18 June 2009


THE RELEASE OF TOXINS IN THE SILT CAUSED BY DREDGING!
 


 
  Anti-fouling Paints
With regard to the fishermen and anti-fouling paints, don't blame them for the toxins in the silt as they have doing for the past 80 years, in ignorance, what the government allowed to happen. I'm sure 99% of us have eaten fish caught by them. I know I have. It's a collective fault.

The difference today is that we are no longer ignorant and we should have learnt from the past and to repeat the mistakes of your past we must be pretty stupid. It is now time to act!

Tributyltin (TBT), dibutyltin (DBT) and monobutyltin (MBT) are heavy metals that are contained in the silts in Snapper Creek from 80 years of having boats, de-fouled and having anti-fouling paint applied to the hulls, in Snapper Creek. If released there can be mass deaths of marine life starting with the welks, oysters and other shellfish. And the toxins will enter the food chain. No Fish will be safe to eat.

These heavy metals are in Snapper Creek as confirmed and quoted here, by the Dept. of Local Government, Planning, Sports and Recreation in a letter sent to Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR, Consultants to Fraser Straits Marina P/L) in March 2007:

"The Fraser Straits Marina Sediment Investigation Report identifies a variety of existing heavy metal, Tributyltin(TBT) and other pollutants, some above and beyond recognised acceptable limits, on seabed in the area as a result of existing and past 'marine activities'."

The above statement maybe scary but it's true.

The proposed dredging is way beyond what has ever been dredged in this location, ever before.

"In 1999, Australia's Oceans Policy (1999) committed Australia to ban the use of anti-fouling paints containing the biocide TBT and to promote a global ban on TBT though the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Australia's Oceans Policy (1999) Committed Australia to ban the use of antifouling paints containing the biocide TBT by 2006 on vessels being repainted in Australian docks, or to an earlier date if set by the IMO." (From Antifouling Paint Patch Trial Project Final Report by John A. Lewis & Angela C. Gillham)

Since 2006 anti-fouling paints have changed. TBT has been replaced with chemical compounds, such as:

  • Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) commonly used as a fungicide. Toxicity: Acute oral toxicity to animals Chronic Effects on Humans: The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver.¿


  • Zinc oxide (ZnO) which is known to be mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells and mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast. Toxicity: Acute oral toxicity to animals. Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects based on animal data. No human data found at this time. May affect genetic material (mutagenic).¿


  • Zinc pyrithione (ZnP): Colourless solid is used as an antifungal and antibacterial agent. Teratogenic Effects: Classified possible for human. Developmental Toxicity: Female Reproductive system toxin. Repeated exposure to a highly toxic material may produce general deterioration of health by an accumulation in one or many human organs. Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects (fetotoxicity and female fertility birth defects (teratogenic) based on animal data).¿
Definitions:
  • Mutagenic: An agent, such as a chemical, ultraviolet light, or a radioactive element, that can induce or increase the frequency of mutation in an organism.


  • Fetotoxicity: Injury to the foetus from a substance that enters the maternal and placental circulation and may cause death or retardation of growth and development


  • Teratogenic: Able to disturb the growth and development of an embryo or foetus.
It is probable that long term affects will not be known for another generation.

The point I'm making is we do not need another 243 full time marina berths with boats moored leaching out these toxins, poisoning and mutating the DNA of our fish, and us when we eat them. Also the constant scraping and reapplication of these anti-fouling paints adds to the output. All these boats are leisure craft not producing like the professional fishing boats that we rely upon for our seafood.

On behalf of SOS Tin Can Bay Inc I would like to congratulate the members of Southern Sandy Straits Marine Environment Group on their formation and welcome them to the battle. As time goes by more and more people are seeing the folly in placing a marina in this location
  ¿ ref: www.sciencelab.com  


Media Release
18 May 2009


SOS TIN CAN BAY INC MEETS WITH SEYMOUR GROUP (Part 2)
 


 
  In March 2007 Seymour Group were sent a letter requiring them to meet with the major "stakeholders" to get feedback regarding the development of the proposed Marina on Norman Point. They have finally responded and we had a meeting at GRC chambers on 15 April 2009 where the following people were in attendance. The meeting lasted two and a half hours where no information was offered so SOSTCB asked questions for 98% of the meeting.

Q.Will there be any reduction in the speeds of the large vessels when going up the straits to protect the dugong and turtles.
A.(QT) No. the only speed limits will be within the Snapper Creek Boat Harbour area.
A.(Peter Todd) There's nothing to worry about it, most of the boats never leave the marina.

Q.Why are your current flows in your report so low, maximum 0.5 m/s (1.8 Kph or 0.971 Knots)? §
A.When KBR calculated their current flow based on measurements taken in Snapper Creek 26 June 2007 then taken back to the office and entered the data into a current flow modelling computer program (Delft3D). We know to be inaccurate at this point, because we have done our own current flow testing and have a higher reading already.
We know them to be inaccurate on this point, because we have done our own current flow testing and it is between 2.5 to 3 knots (up to 1.5m/s) varying depending where, in the channel, the readings are taken.

Q.What will happen to the area set aside for the dredging spoil (110m x 104m = 11440m2 Nearly 3 Acres) be used for when it is full and will it be adequate for the amount of spoil dredged out of the future marina.
A.It will be a permanent dredge spoil facility and when it fills it will be trucked out until empty and then refilled.
This will be another ugly structure on Norman Point, a huge dredge pit! What about the heavy traffic in and out of Norman Point? I'm glad I won't be living on The Esplanade when this has to be done.

  Proposed Fraser Straits Marina QT Maintenance Dredging Sediment Rehandling Area (in Red) Approx 104m wide x 110m long (this will probably be on the nose for years even thorgh KBR have assured us it will not. I know from experience that anything that has decayed, even leaf litter, in salt water and buried in sand takes on the most exceptionally bad smell)  
 
Q.Are there any future plans to extend this marina proposal to the red marker?
A.The Queensland Transport spokesman said that there were no plans to do this.
I believe him. There are no plans at this time to extend this proposal to the red marker. As I have seen many times before in government that this means nothing because there is no master plan stating that there will never be an extension to the monster marina. They could announce an extension at any time in the future!

Q.How is boat strike on dugongs and turtles going to be prevented in Tin Can Bay?
A.There is already a 6 knot, no wash speed limit within the boat harbour.
They really don't care about the effects on the wildlife and small boats when they give an answer like this. We know about the speed limits within harbours. The problem is larger numbers of large boats.

Q.How deep will the dredging go and will the dredging rehandling area smell.
A.2.5 metres to 0 from the low tide mark. The dredge spoil will not smell because it is mostly sand.

  Depth of Dredging
The Scale of the Dredge
 
 
Q.What Chemicals are in the sediments?
A.KBR Spokesman informed us that there are low level traces of 2-4D and some low level traces of TBT.
I am at present researching to find data specific to Tin Can Bay and the toxins in the silts. In Vietnam 2-4D was know as Agent Orange.

§ Fraser Straits Marina Coastal Processes Technical Paper Sect.7
 


Media Release
18 April 2009


SOS TIN CAN BAY INC MEETS WITH SEYMOUR GROUP (Part 1)
 


 
  SOS Tin Can Bay Inc representatives met with Seymour Group, Kellogg, Brown & Root (consultants to Seymour Group), Dept of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry, Queensland Transport, Gympie Regional Council, David Gibson MP & Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce at GRC chambers on 15 April 2009.

  When informed, and then questioned about the safe conditions that will be lost, in which Sailability, Junior Sailing and the Dragon boats who use the area of water in front of the TCB Yacht Club in it's present location and having to move out to the new location and sail or row to the red marker and back, Tony Bellas, Chief Executive, Seymour Group replied "I have no answer for that". In other words it will be lost and we all know how fierce the winds can get out on Norman Point. There will be no sheltered staging area for the yacht races either.  
 
Q.How many people will be directly employed by the Marina Complex?
A.Peter Daly of Seymour Group stated that there would only be 4 to 5 people directly employed at the marina facility and all other employment would be from support industries.
Construction will be undertaken by contractors who specialise in this sort of construction, most probably the same contractors that have built the boat harbour at Urangan. If it is thought that it will employ hundreds of extra people in the area, I think you will find it's sadly not so.

Q.The noise of construction will surely impact on dolphins?
A.KBR stated that they would stop dredging and driving in the piles if the dolphins came near the construction area in Snapper Creek.
I do not think that they would have to halt construction at any time because the dolphins would stop coming to visit the very first time that construction started the noise would drive them away immediately. Who knows if they will ever return after 113 days ± of dredging and the 6 weeks of driving the piles?

Q.What is the area for the boat registrations in the Tin Can Bay region as stated on their website? "In 2006 there were 6,875 vessels registered in the Tin Can Bay region."
After some time KBR & Seymour Group finally admitted
A.This Tin Can Bay LGA (Local Government Area) also actually includes Noosa LGA and Tiaro LGA as well.
After some research I found the following (The total population is actually 91,569 divided by 13.5 persons per boat equals 6,875 boat registrations. In real terms our Gympie Region Electoral population 30,656 divided by 13.5 persons for each boat should be approx. 2,270 boat registrations. So the argument that the marina is needed to support 6,875 boats was misrepresented. The majority of boats registered are 3-5 metre boats without sails, not large boats, which is what most boaties have around here on trailers that they store at home rent free.

After showing a photo of no boats at the Coastguard & Luxury Afloat (below) jetties I asked the following question.

Q. What is going to happen to all the boats if a cyclone actually hits Tin Can Bay, considering that all the boats were evacuated up the creek during the storm surge of TC Hamish?

A. The marina will be built to the standards set down by the various agencies.

  Flood surge from TC Hamish This photo was taken during TC Hamish's storm surge. Where are all the boats? They're up the creek! All the locals who know what can happen in this situation and did not leave their boats in this vulnerable location, yet they want to build a marina here! They will not fit 243 boats up the creek!

 
 
± Fraser Straits Marina Coastal Processes Technical Paper Sect.5.2.1
 


Media Release
17 March 2009


COUNCIL RATES AND HOUSE RENTAL WILL SURELY RISE!
 


 
  The boat ramp and parking at Snapper Creek will continue to be controlled and owned by Queensland Transport (QT), the Qld Govt, therefore us the people. QT will sell the lease to the public area that is below the high water mark to the developer and therefore privatise . One should question this by asking:

  • And can QT legislate and control what is privately owned?


  • If a marina goes ahead who is going to foot the bill for road upgrade (widening) and maintenance? I think it will probably be GRC, therefore us the rate payers.


  • Who is going to pay for the new sewerage works in Tin Can Bay (sewerage mixed with saltwater needs a special system to handle the salt)? Again probably the GRC because they are in a position where QT dictates the rules and they must obey. GR Councillors are in a precarious position where they can be sacked and removed from office if the state government chooses. We as ratepayers foot the bill again!
The above points will be the tip of the iceberg in regards to expenses for us ratepayers. I sure there are plenty of other things associated with building of the marina if you think about it.

At some point you might think why did I come to Tin Can Bay and not the Gold Coast where you can't see the water for the boats and masts? Most of the Yachty's don't have a marina berth because they don't want one (their lifestyle choice) so a marina is no good to them.

The following plans were obviously drawn up with an eye to future planning intent by QT in 1999.


Plan 1

The above "Plan 1" is so similar to what is the proposal that it can only be assumed that a Stage 2 (ref:Plan 2) is imminent as soon as Stage 1 is completed. (What we are calling Stage 1 & 2 are for ease of explanation and do not refer to the marina's stage 1 & 2)
Plan 2


The Latest Developers Plan

It is the beginning of the end of Tin Can Bay as a quiet place where people can come to see some dolphins and other wildlife and have some peace and quiet and maybe drop a line.

Norman Point does need work, there is no denying this, but a monstrous marina is not the answer.

An Application for "Stage 1" is happening NOW and has been for the last 5 years.

Be aware that it will NOT STOP at "Stage 1"

There is now another MARINA PROPOSAL for CARLO POINT

WHERE IS IT GOING TO STOP?

There is no MASTER PLAN!

What are you really going to get out of it?

Overcrowded boat ramps, no access to the foreshore, where it is your land to walk on now!

Change your mindset! Stand up and be counted and don't be fatalistic about it.

More people are every day.

A brief word on the outgoing President and Secretary. The committee, members and myself would like to thank them for all the hard work put in over the years and wish them well in the future. Without their hard work we would not have got this far.

 
 
 


Media Release
17 February 2009


MARINA "A CONTROLLED ACTION"
 


 
  On February 14th SOS Tin Can Bay had it's AGM and new office holders were appointed. Ian Donald was elected President, Jenny Adamson was elected Treasurer and we are still looking for someone to volunteer for the position of Secretary. Alan Jones, Shirley Wilson & Ros Raines were elected as committee members.

A decision has been made by the Dept. of Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts under the Environment Protection Biodiversity & Conservation Act1999 (EPBC) on the Fraser Straits Marina application to undertake the development in Snapper Creek. The decision is that "the proposed action is a controlled action" which means that the Fraser Straits Marina Development (K.S.9. Pty Ltd) will be assessed because "The project is likely to have a significant impact on:

  • Wetlands of international importance (sections 16 & 17B)


  • Listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 & 18A)


  • Listed Migratory Species (sections 20 & 20A)"

The above means that the area of the marina being adjacent to Ramsar Wetlands will have an impact on the wetlands and so the developers must now satisfy the federal government as to how they intend to not impact upon the wetlands.

We are very lucky that at the moment there are two scientific studies being taken on two of the threatened species, namely the Southern Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins (the paper is about to be published) & the Dugongs of Tin Can Bay (currently under investigation) and both are threatened by the development. Boat strike and the death of dolphins & dugongs by the type and number of boats that will moor at this marina will significantly increase. Large boats cannot slow or dodge these animals quickly as a small boat has a chance to do so, not to mention the damage to sea grasses and the shoreline caused by the large waves of large boats wakes.

For some reason certain people feel that the marina will increase tourism and jobs. The Dolphin Centre reported in the Gympie Times that they had over 16,000 tourists during the Christmas holidays. With no dolphins we have no tourists.

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

It may seem that it is taking a long time, but keep positive. So far:

  • The first developer on-sold the development


  • The second developer, Seymour Group, has tried two legal avenues to try and remove public consultation and failed.


Each time we will fight them until the State Government adopts a Master Plan. Just remember if we were not fighting the marina it would probably be there already. We Are Winning, Stay Positive. Don't get disheartened because of the length of the battle.

If you wish to join SOS please email me. Soon there will be an online membership application. The next meeting will be Saturday 14th March at 2pm in the meeting room at the Tin Can Bay Library, all are welcome.

Ian Donald

President
SOS Tin Can Bay Inc

Email president@sostcb.org


 
 
 


Media Release
8 September 2008


TIN CAN BAY
Beautiful today ...
What about tomorrow?
 


 
  Most Bay residents and regular visitors see the good sense of living on the wealth of the golden eggs that shimmer abundantly in their beautiful location. It is why they are actively fighting a huge Marina development they say will butcher the goose and cart away the profits.

To help this community effort local group SOS-TCB has invited the Mayor and Councillors to a public meeting in Tin Can Bay on Sunday 14th Sept. This will review the Marina application, its impacts, and discuss what concerted response is possible between community and Council. It will begin at 1.30 pm at the Tin Can Bay RSL hall. Everyone, anywhere, who is interested in the future of Tin Can Bay and surrounding waterways is invited to attend.

Cooloola Cove resident and boat owner, Dennis Etheridge, says that thousands of local residents and regular visitors have spent the last 5 years fighting this huge Marina, proposed for construction at Norman Point, the tip of the lovely little town that protrudes into the sparkling waters of Tin Can Inlet.

Mr Etheridge said locals are overwhelmingly opposed to this massive construction. "The sheer scale of it shocks and intimidates people", said Mr Etheridge. "It severely conflicts with local values, both social and environmental. Whilst a very few people might make a big profit from it, most locals and Council, which means all ratepayers, would bear immense costs through loss of locally important assets, prevention of better economic opportunities and increased stress upon publicly funded infrastructure".

Local Cooloola Cove resident and boatie, Alan Jones, is concerned that an approval would destroy the town character, undermine the existing fabric of local business, damage local ecology and fisheries, and displace a multitude of existing, very important community activities.

"The list of impacts is nearly endless", said Mr Jones. " The Marina presents a safety nightmare for small boat users. The ramp, the channel and the inlet would all become more difficult and risky to use. The development envelops the boat ramp and parking area. This makes a solution to the growing trailer boat congestion impossible."

"Junior sailing and dragon boat areas are taken away, "said Mr Jones. Obviously the State Department believes rich developers are more important than local kids. Bully for them. Or is it Bullies R Them?"

"And where do our famous local dolphins go? And all the tourists that come to see them. Will those valuable visitors find penned trophy boats as attractive? Not to mention the rest of the Bay dolphins, along with the endangered turtles and dugong. They need flotillas of huge speedboats tearing up the Bay like they need another hole in the head. We want to make sure that's not what they get".

Locals say it is Council policy and core business to help prevent this unwanted change, which is why they want to meet with the new Council to assess what can be done. Over 600 residents met with the previous Mayor and Councillors in a public meeting held in March 2004. The meeting resolved that no development of this Marina's scale should proceed without a Master Plan in place that identifies and effectively protects socially important local values. Council later passed the same resolution as formal policy.

Steady community effort over these past five years has successfully stalled one development application and exhausted one developer. However another has stepped in and a new application for the mega-marina was lodged in March of this year.

"It's time to get serious about putting this thing down," said long time local resident, Ros Raynes. "It's time for Council to work closely with local residents to fix the local planning gaps. We can then set sail intelligently for where we want to be in twenty or fifty year's time. We have to stop the aimlessness. It leaves us open to being dragged to wherever the next profiteer or carpetbagger wants to leave us after they've extracted what they want. If people care about Tin Can Bay, they need to come to this meeting."

 
 
 


Media Release
5 June 2007


Mayor and Councillors Invited to Public Meeting
 


 
  Most 'Bay residents and regular visitors are attracted to the area for its beauty, its wonderful water activities, and its tranquil and safe character. A growing attraction is the sheer uniqueness of still having those things to offer at all.

For most locals, these qualities furnish a very good life. The distinctive holiday experience supports a steady and solid small business economy. Small wonder, then, that locals and visitors alike are strongly fighting a massive marina development that they say will "butcher their golden goose and cart away the profits".

Nearly five years ago residents formed Save Our Shores Tin Can Bay (SOSTCB) to coordinate their defence again this attack on their values. The Marina is the prominent irritant but their main aim is to develop local Planning codes that are fair to all and reliable.

"The Queensland Department of Transport has improperly supported this proposal," says SOSTCB member Ian Donald.

"It's State-imposed nonsense on the same scale as the Traveston Dam debacle.

"We've fought to get the State Government's attention on this but they are hard to engage," he says.

"It seems parts of the Government rule their own kingdom and play for their own goals and the other parts stay disinterested unless an absolute disaster breaks out."

"We need Council's help to get the Government's proper attention and get the right result," Mr Donald says.

Accordingly, SOSTCB has invited the Gympie Regional Council (GRC) Mayor and Councillors to a public meeting in Tin Can Bay on Sunday September 14 to review the Marina application, its impacts, and to discuss what concerted response is possible between community and Council.

The meeting will begin at 1.30 pm at the Tin Can Bay RSL hall. Everyone, anywhere, who is interested in the future of Tin Can Bay - and the use of its waterways - is invited to attend.

Cooloola Cove resident, boat owner and SOSTCB treasurer, Dennis Etheridge, says, "Thousands of local residents and visitors have spent the last five years fighting this marina that's proposed for Norman Point.

"The sheer scale of it shocks and intimidates everyone," says Mr Etheridge.

"It severely conflicts with local values, both social and environmental.

"Whilst a very few people will make a big profit from it, most locals - and Council, which means all ratepayers - would bear immense costs," he says.

"These arise through loss of locally important assets, obstruction of better economic opportunities and increased stress upon publicly funded infrastructure.

Cooloola Cove resident and boatie, Alan Jones, is concerned that an approval would destroy the town character, undermine the existing fabric of local business, damage local ecology and fisheries, and displace a multitude of existing popular community activities.

"The list of impacts is nearly endless," says Mr Jones.

"The marina presents a safety nightmare for small boat users because the ramp, the channel and the inlet would all become more difficult and dangerous to use.

"The project envelops the boat ramp and parking area. This makes a solution to the growing trailer boat congestion impossible," he says.

"Junior sailing and dragon boat areas will be taken away, too.

"Obviously, the Queensland Department of Transport believes rich developers are more important than local kids," says Mr Jones.

"Bully for them... or is it 'Bullies 'R' Them'? (Cont'd pg 3)

"And where do our famous local dolphins go if these boat pens land on their head?" asks Mr. Jones.

"What about all the tourists that come to see them? Will those valuable visitors find a trophy boat park as attractive?

"No, they'll just stop coming" states Mr Jones

"We and the local fauna like dugongs need flotillas of huge speedboats tearing up the 'Bay like we need another hole in the head.

We want to make sure that's not what they get," he says.

Locals say it is Council policy and core business to help prevent this unwanted change. That is why they want to meet with the new Council to assess what can be done.

Over 600 residents met with the previous Mayor and Councillors in a public meeting held in March 2004.

At the meeting it was resolved that no development of this marinas scale should proceed without a master plan in place that identifies, and effectively protects, socially important local values. Council later passed the same resolution as formal policy.

Community effort over the past five years has successfully stopped one development application and exhausted one developer; however, another has now stepped in and a new application for the mega-marina was lodged in March of this year.

"It's time to get serious about putting this thing away," says long time local resident, Ros Raynes.

"It's time for Council to work closely with local residents to fix the local planning gaps.

"We can then set sail intelligently for where we want to be in twenty or fifty year's time," she says.

"We have to stop the aimlessness that leaves us open to being dragged to wherever the next profiteer or carpetbagger wants after they've extracted what they want.

"If people care about Tin Can Bay, I urge them to come to this very important meeting", says Ms Raynes.

Author: Greg Wood
 
 
 


Media Release
23 February 2007


David Gibson Briefed on Proposed Tin Can Bay Mega Marina
 


 
  SOS Tin Can Bay anti marina campaigners have met with Member for Gympie David Gibson and briefed him on the mega marina proposed for Norman Point, Tin Can Bay. "We were particularly appreciative that he visited Tin Can Bay, and we were able to provide him with an overview of the proposal, and do an on-site walk around to point out its proposed impacts," said spokesperson Vivien Griffin.

"We believe this development will create major boating hazards especially for local boaties returning from fishing trying to access the public ramp between the marina pontoons. Any boatie knows how heavily this boat ramp is used, being the only all tide boat ramp in the area. The marina proposal also eliminates any opportunity for additional boat trailer parking which is the real need for the Snapper Creek Boat Harbour land. It certainly seems as if Queensland Transport is putting the commercial gain from the marina ahead of the needs of local recreational fishermen."

The development application is for a 250 berth marina involving massive dredging of 130 000 m2 right out to the Snapper Creek channel. It also includes deposition of the dredging spoil on the intertidal area east of Norman Point, and creation of a new land mass approximately 10 ha in size which is to become car parking and additional 11m high boat storage area.

"Although the application has been lodged with Cooloola Council, the substantial range of concerns we hold about the proposal are primarily State Government matters. It is in this area that Mr. Gibson has committed to undertake further inquiries at both Parliamentary and government officer level," said Ms. Griffin. "We believe Queensland Transport in particular has many questions to answer, particularly why it is ignoring its own Wide Bay Integrated Transport Plan."

"Cooloola Council got it right back in March 2004 when it resolved that a Master Plan for this important public land and water was necessary before any further development. We look forward to working in collaboration with Mr. Gibson to get the right outcome for the Cooloola Coast."

Author: Vivien Griffin
 
 
 


Media Release
12 July 2006


SOS TIN CAN BAY MEETS WITH COUNCIL OVER MARINA
 


 
  The proposed massive Fraser Straits marina was the subject of a presentation to the Planning and Development Committee of Cooloola Council this week by SOS Tin Can Bay. SOS TCB put to the Council that it should ask the Environment Minister to call in the application and refuse it. This request would be consistent with Council's resolution to oppose any further development until a comprehensive Master Plan has been prepared for the Snapper Creek, Norman Point and Tin Can Inlet waterways and foreshores.

Spokesperson Greg Wood said that the marina was another example of the way that Cooloola local lifestyle and amenity is being disregarded by the State Government, which was simply interested in the commercial returns from a massive boat parking lot for Brisbane people.

"In fact the State Government had a secret whole-of-government meeting about this marina back in May 2004, and did not even invite Cooloola Council to this meeting, despite being advised of Council's concerns. Queensland Transport then fast-tracked approval for the developer to lodge a development application."

"This massive marina is planned for Norman Point in Tin Can Bay, and the developers' plans include 250 marina berths and massive dredging and reclamation. The project has been opposed by the local community since a packed public meeting in March 2004," he said.

"We were grateful to Cooloola Councillors at that time who supported the community in its concerns, and identified that a proper Master Plan was essential before considering specific development proposals. We were also reassured this week that Mayor Venardos reaffirmed that commitment."

Mr. Wood stated that there was little doubt that the Environment Minister had the power to refuse the application, based on multiple conflicts with the State Coastal Management Plan.

"We put to the Council that the sheer size and scale of the proposal would mean that it turned Norman Point into a boat parking lot for Brisbane residents, and that it would contribute very little to the local economy. Indeed regional economic development expert Marie Hensley put to the council that it could have a significant negative effect on current businesses who rely on local trailer boating and relaxed family holiday tourism."

Mr. Wood said that the Council gave the group a fair hearing, and they would now await Council's decision on their representations.

Author: Vivien Griffin
 
 
 

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