Bob Irwin looks across Snapper Creek towards the site of a new marina proposal.
Bob Irwin looks across Snapper Creek towards the site of a new marina proposal. Craig Warhurst

Bob Irwin backs marina protest

THE backing of high-profile wildlife campaigner Bob Irwin has given a massive boost to the campaign against the proposed Norman Point marina at Tin Can Bay.

The Southern Sandy Straits Marine Environment Group is running a “click and save campaign,” with a facility allowing people to register an anti-marina protest by clicking a spot on its website, www.marina.tincanbaydolphins.com.au.

And a delighted group president Carole Gillies yesterday credited Bob Irwin with a massive acceleration in public support.

She also credited exposure in The Gympie Times with a large proportion of the “clicks” from Queensland.

“We’ve had 182 Queensland clicks since The Gympie Times published its first article on Mr Irwin’s involvement last week.

“And we had 140 on Tuesday (the day the paper carried a front page story on an interview with Mr Irwin at Snapper Creek).

Australia-wide support has been massive since the Irwin name became part of the campaign.

“Out of 2317, approximately half have been received over the last five days, since Bob became our campaign champion,” she said.

“We’d like everyone with an interest in the area to get involved.

“Anyone in the Gympie Region or elsewhere who likes visiting here, especially people involved in recreational fishing...it’s very important they get on board, because it will affect them.”

With support continuing to grow rapidly, she reported another 216 Australia-wide clicks on Tuesday, and another 80 by mid-morning yesterday.

Mr Irwin, renownedconservationist, founder of Australia Zoo and father of the late Steve Irwin, clearly has a high level of credibility with Australians and particularly with Queenslanders.

And, with his support, campaigners hope to recruit a tsunami of overseas backing as well.

A final decision on the marina could be made as early as next month, with the matter currently being considered by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke.

Mr Burke is assessing the plan under his Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act responsibilities.

Ms Gillies’ organisation is one of several opposing the project.

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