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Melbourne Rally Sends Message to Minister for Environment

Over five years since our last protest at Parliament House, we were back again on 10 December to send a clear message to the Minister for the Environment: that Option 3b breakwater and beach road proposal SHOULD NOT be approved under the Coastal Management Act. Over 80 people of all ages attended, including many who visited Mallacoota year after year, and including fishermen who use the current ocean access and see Option 3b as an unnecessary overdevelopment.

Speakers were told by Save Bastion Point Campaign’s Jenny Mason, who travelled from Mallacoota to address the rally, that a breakwater and beach road will have lasting negative effects on the magnificent Bastion Point area. Unlike the construction fence that was behind the rally and topped with protesters ‘rocks’ to simulate the 2.8 m height of the real breakwater, a breakwater at Bastion Point can never be taken down.

Dr Rex Campbell, chairperson of Surfrider Foundation Australia, stated that surfing was an important recreation activity for Mallacoota, and that surfers nationally and internationally had objected to the proposal to destroy part of the surf break at Bastion Point.

The rally was told by Greens MP Sue Pennicuik that it was important that everyone contact Minister Ryan Smith and urge him not to give Coastal Management Act consent to the development. She hoped he would take heed of the over 1900 signatures to our petition.

Thanks to all those who attended and gave voice to the message that this is an issue of state, national and international significance.

The rally was covered on WIN and 10 regional TV, ABC Radio Gippsland, and the East Gippsland News.