The weekend of 5 May 2014 saw huge seas pounding the unfinished breakwall, pulling rocks from the core. The photos put paid to the fallacy promolgated by East Gippsland Shire Council that there will be no breaking waves at the head of breakwater. The Independent Panel warned this could lead to loss of life when boats exit the breakwater.
In the Snowy River Mail, Council have downplayed the damage caused by the storm, and repeated their mantra that they have consulted on this project – when the reality is that any consultation has shown 87% oppose the project, and Council have circumvented this to build the facility exactly as they always wanted.
The Snowy River Mail here also carries reports that the Mallacoota Life Saving Club and State Emergency Service have been ignored in their need to boost rescue capacity in the event that the facility attracts as many boaters as East Gippsland Council hopes – they project 3,000 new launches per year if their ‘Buchan report’ is to be believed.
Many will be attracted out to sea by a facility billed by Council as having 90% usability – again the Independent Panel Report found this would likely lead to catastrophic circumstances.
Obviously Gippsland East MP Tim Bull has ignored the Independent Panel report. He says the facility is all about safety, but East Gippsland Mayor Mark Reeves says its about increased property prices in Mallacoota. Meanwhile, multi-millionaire commercial abalone licence holders have had a pile of infrastructure built for free, courtesy of taxpayers and to be maintained by ratepayers.