Marina fight goes to Garrett
HUNDREDS of voices will be heard by the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett when Gympie Regional Council forwards petitions and submissions outlining community opposition to the Fraser Straits Marina at Norman Point.
In yesterday's Planning and Development Committee meeting, Councillor Ian Petersen proposed a motion to send the letters and petitions received by council about the marina on to Mr Garrett, with a covering letter that would outline the main concerns.
Cr Petersen said council had taken note of all concerns raised by the community but the submissions discussed items that were outside of council's jurisdiction.
“Therefore I felt that council should pass on the submissions to the minister, who has jurisdiction,” he said.
During the meeting, Mayor Ron Dyne said no councillors wanted to support the marina proposal but they were all bound by a legal obligation.
Cr Dyne said that by sending the submission council could support the people of Tin Can Bay who were standing firm in their opposition to the proposal.
Last week, councillors voted in favour of the marina, saying they could only assess a small part of a boardwalk and rock wall and the rest was up to Mr Garrett to ensure the best for Tin Can Bay.
Cr Jan Watt moved yesterday's motion, which was seconded by Cr Rae Gate and carried.