McLeod warns on marina 'damage'
FISHING industry environment spokesperson Joe McLeod has claimed the proposed Fraser Coast Marina at Tin Can Bay poses significant environmental and heritage threats to the Great Sandy region.
Mr McLeod, a former fisherman and industry advocate, says dredging for the proposal would greatly damage environmentally vital seagrass beds and run the risk of unleashing “located away pathogens and fungi”.
The claims are made in Mr McLeod’s formal submission to the marina proponent, the Seymour Group, as part of the process of having the project assessed under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
He said the most recent previous dredging operation in the Snapper Creek area was for expansion of the existing Snapper Creek boat harbour about two years ago.
“The areas at Carlo, Wabbies Bay, Tarwin Bay and also off the western land mass of Boronia on the Wide Bay Military training Area side had a total collapse of seagrass a few months after the dredging stopped.
“To date there is no recovery of seagrass on the Carlo Creek, Wabbies Bay and Tarwin Bay, (but) there is some new seagrass growth (on the military training area side),” he said.
“The recovery could start this spring and take years, but given that there are two proposed new large marina complexes and boat harbour maintenance dredging, it does not look good for the Tin Can Inlet, Ramsar wetland, the seagrass area or the protected species and fisheries habitat that depend on this area.
He was also critical of what he called inadequate sand bund walls to contain dredge material and the possibility of an acid run-off effect from exposed clay likely to be dug up from the creek bed during dredging.
He said torpidity from dredging could spread easily as far as the Wide Bay Bar.