Politicians Face Campaigners as
Parliament Opens for 2003


Today, a group of campaign supporters, accompanied by a giant paper maché manta ray and turtle, greeted politicians, including Ministers, as they arrived for the first sitting of State Parliament for 2003. With few exceptions, members on all sides of politics greeted the campaigners in a friendly manner and in some cases commended them for keeping up the fight.

The parliamentarians were asked to spare a thought for the endangered turtles now hatching along the beach around Mauds Landing where the controversial development would be built. The Premier’s decision on the marina proposal will dictate whether the turtles hatching now will face 200 metre seawalls, hundreds of boats and thousands of people when they return in the decades to come to try and lay their eggs. This is just one of many natural cycles that would be disrupted by the imposition of this structure on the boundary of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

Politicians were reminded that it has been only three months since more than 15,000 people gathered in Fremantle and at Ningaloo to tell the government to stop the marina resort and get on with sustainable management of the region. Even though it was one of the largest rallies in memory, it was just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ because supporters from the country, other states and overseas could only be there in spirit.

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