Media Release, Wed 22 May 2002
The campaign to save Ningaloo Reef takes on a new dimension today when the dangers of approving a huge marina development at Ningaloo Reef will be dramatically enacted on the steps of Parliament House this morning at 11.15am.
This will be the highlight of a three day continuous vigil outside Parliament House which aims to creatively and positively encourage the Gallop government to make the right choice in the impending decision on Ningaloo Reef.
"This could well be one of the last sittings of Parliament before the recommendations from the Environmental Protection Authority go to Cabinet for a final decision. We hope that this presence outside parliament reminds the members of Cabinet and the ALP of the enormous community opposition to the approval of this marina."
The vigil started 8am yesterday and will continue through to the end of the sitting of Parliament this week. Twenty Ninga-turtles (people dressed in costumes as Ningaloo turtles), will demonstrate the affect that a marina bringing hundreds of new boats to Reef waters, would have on endangered marine wildlife.
The camp, based at Solidarity Park opposite Parliament, has been visited by many members of parliament who have expressed strong support for the campaign’s aims of creating a sustainable future for this fragile region.
Reef is the longest and most spectacular fringing coral reef in the world
and is a sanctuary for threatened marine wildlife such as whale sharks,
turtles, dugongs and humpback whales. In the heart of this unique wild
place, developers are proposing to build a 1980s-style marina resort to
cater for over 2,500 people, as well as hundreds of motor-boats. It would
be built on nesting grounds of the endangered loggerhead turtle whose
numbers have declined globally by 50-80% over the past decade.
information: David Mackenzie
automated letters to stop the resort