Sue Pennicuik from the Greens put a motion to the Upper House yesterday calling on members to express concern at the granting of Coastal Management Act (CMA) consent for the breakwater and beach road at Bastion Point. The Motion also calls for the Minister for Environment to explain his decision, particularly to the community in East Gippsland.
See Hansard p. 46-61 for the full transcript.
Gavin Jennings MLC for the ALP supported the motion, saying there was a ‘credibility problem’ in the decision that was made by Minister Ryan Smith on Coastal Management Act approval.
The motion is still open for voting as time ran out, so the vote will occur at the next session of Parliament in August.
Philip Davis, Liberal MLC for Eastern Victoria did not support the motion, and claimed the only community that was dissapointed about the Option 3b breakwater and beach road were cafe-sitters in Brunswick St.
See ABC report.
Around 100 people made the 7 hour trip from Mallacoota, 3 hours from Bairnsdale and from Melbourne to attend the rally on the Parliament House steps today.
Coordinator of Save Bastion Point Campaign, Jenny Mason told the crowd that the East Gippsland Shire had refused to take on board findings of the EES Inquiry Panel that recommended a lower impact development and in the recent Government Review had again failed to listen to the 78% of review submissions that wanted a smaller development.
Sue Pennicuik MLC for the Greens said that the whole of Government Review had strongly recommended a less environmentally damaging, less costly proposal that rated highest under the Review analysis. Why had the Government ignored this in granting Coastal Management Consent for Option 3b?
Simon Branigan, Victorian National Parks Association Marine and Coastal Project Officer said that no beach in Victoria is now safe from development. He also passed on the information that Bastion Point had now been rated the most endangered Australian wave in the Surfrider Foundation Australia top eight endangered waves.
The Media Release for the event may be seen here.
A Rally will be held outside Parliament House, Spring Street, on Tuesday, 25th June at 12.30 pm-1.15 pm.
We want politicians to get the message loud and clear that our coast is precious, and damaging developments like Option 3b are just not acceptable. We want them to know that we are angry about the failure of due process to protect our beach, and that we will continue with our opposition.
East Gippsland Shire Council have attempted to justify its decision on Option 3b with a page on its website ‘Mallacoota Ocean Access Boat Ramp FAQ’.
We have annotated this page with some Frequently Ignored Answers (FIA).
You can make a comment on Council’s page here. Let them know what you think in the Rate this Page box at the bottom of the page .