night over 500 people attended the “Imagine” benefit concert at the Fly
by Nite Club in Fremantle. The concert was sold out which came as no surprise
following a long list of standing-room-only Save Ningaloo Campaign events
over recent months. This included a large rock concert, a highly successful
art auction and crowded public meetings.
Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson, said, “More than 500
people at the Fly last night clapped and whooped enthusiastically whenever
the Save Ningaloo Campaign was mentioned. Word is spreading and momentum
is building. We have had to print tens of thousands more bumper stickers
and pamphlets because we just can’t keep up with demand. Already, you
can’t go anywhere in WA without seeing them. Now they’re popping up in
other states and even overseas.”
The “Imagine” concert is described as a “sonorous celebration of the musical
wizardry of fallen hero John Lennon and living legend Paul McCartney.”
The show has toured regional Western Australia, including Exmouth, gateway
to the Ningaloo Reef. The show featured many well known musicians and
singers, including Helen Matthews, who devised it.
“Once again, the community has shown its concern about plans to build
a massive marina at Ningaloo. The Campaign is driven by the growing community
interest in this issue which is why every event we have is sold out. In
this day and age, people know that there are ways of enjoying an environment
as fragile as Ningaloo without threatening it, as this marina would,”
said Mr Gamblin.
The Environmental Protection Authority has indicated that it will deliver
its recommendations to the Environment Minister, Dr Judy Edwards, in late
August. After hearing appeals, it is then up to the Minister to make the
final decision on the development proposal.