MEDIA RELEASES and CLIPPINGS
Media Release, Monday, 3 May 2004
today the Premier and the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure released
the Carnarvon Ningaloo Coast Regional Strategy for public comment. The strategy
will establish long-term land-use development opportunities and controls,
and sets the tone for the future of the region.
The Save Ningaloo Campaign welcomed the draft plan as an opportunity to consider the ‘big picture’ for this fragile environment. The Campaign supports the key recommendations of the draft which is the most comprehensive plan ever undertaken to protect Ningaloo’s internationally significant environmental values. This is a key ingredient in providing long-term economic opportunities in the region.
Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo Campaign spokesperson, said, “The Campaign is very pleased to see a planning exercise for the whole region; from Carnarvon all the way to Exmouth. There is no doubt that Ningaloo will keep growing in popularity so it is crucial that as a community we look at the big picture and find ways to accommodate visitors without putting too much pressure on fragile ecosystems.”
“Tens of thousands of people supported the campaign’s opposition to the large marina development at Mauds Landing which was stopped in 2003. They also supported the call for sensible planning for Ningaloo and hopefully this strategy will see the door shut on ad hoc development in the region.”
“The Campaign believes that the strongest recommendations in the draft report are:
“Major initial recommendations from the Campaign include:
Other ideas that the Campaign will put forward include:
“Once the plan is finalised, the real test will be government action toward implementing it. Too often plans sit on shelves gathering dust – clearly there will be no tolerance for that at Ningaloo.”
“Investing now in this magnificent place, one of the State’s major tourist attractions, will pay the community back many times over but a failure to invest will not only damage its world-class ecological stature but also its value as a major generator of tourism revenue for the state.”
Media Contact: Paul Gamblin, Save Ningaloo campaign spokesperson,
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