Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate talks about the state of the water quality in our waterways and astoundingly proposes that with the dredging associated with a shipping terminal that the water quality would actually improve?!?! As is always, and again, Tom sights no reference or substantiating data to back his claims, yet he loves to attack everyone who disagrees with him constantly saying he is backed by the facts and that they are not. What facts do you have that dredging will improve the water environment Tom? Precedent and history will tell you that almost every single shipping port, harbour and cruise terminal ever built has always resulted in damage to the surrounding environment, degrading of the water quality around the terminal area and the ship's access routes, pollution increases and ecology disruption.
We invite you to google up and have a look at shipping ports and harbours around the world to see if you can find one where the water quality and environment actually improved after it was built and the ships came - good luck because you'll be very hard pressed to find any.
We also take a look at what effects the dredging and deepening of the Fremantle Port had for water quality in 2010 - This was a one off undertaking.
So how about this happening year round on the Gold Coast?
The constant stirring and the releasing of embedded toxins and pollutants that are already locked deep within the sand would do nothing to improve our water quality, and as has been shown around the world many times over, would have a long lasting detrimental effect on the surrounding shorelines, beaches and waterways.
The massive amount of ongoing dredging required to accommodate large vessels such as cruise ships would be a costly (estimated $6 to $15 million per year) affair, resulting in untold amounts of silt, potential algae blooms and the spreading of toxins and pollutants throughout the surrounding areas.
Who will lose? ALL WATERWAYS AND FORESHORE USERS including swimmers, paddlers, fishers, surfers, divers, walkers etc etc...