Fisheries Talk Toondah Recording
Wednesday 5th August 2020, 6:00pm
Questions answered during the session:
- 3:10: What is the impact of PDA development on habitat quality of the surrounding area, for fish and other marine organisms?
- 5:08: Daryl, could you describe the methodology you are using to assess the fisheries impacts.
- 7:35: Are fisheries protected under the Ramsar convention?
- 7:53: Are you considering fishes as food for other species or just the recreational/commercial fishing aspects?
- 8:53: What will be the impact on the habitats of the juvenile brown tiger prawns?
- 11:09: What impacts has Daryl seen from reclamation type projects like this at other locations?
- 12:03: Are you also considering the impacts on crabs?
- 12:55: Is Toondah Harbour an important spawning location for species fished by recreational and commercial fishers?
- 16:53: Will I still be able to recreationally fish from the shore if the development proceeds?
- 20:05: Have you consulted with commercial and recreational fishing bodies? What has been the feedback?
- 22:23: The master plan includes a boat ramp but the location looks awkward and no one uses the existing ramp at Toondah anyway. Wouldn't you be better off upgrading the nearby ones at Cleveland or Vic Point?
- 26:40: If the purpose of the EIS is to assess the impact of the proposed project on the fishery and to make a decision about genuine sustainability, why is Daryl speaking as if it is a foregone conclusion and his task / focus is largely to ensure recreational fishing opportunities are inbuilt?
- 30:45: Is there any kind of weighting between the different parts of the EIS? i.e. Shore birds verses Fisheries verses Koala's etc?
- 32:07: How do the people of Cleveland know which of these proposals will actually go ahead. Craig, you have talked about the possible enhancements but as a resident, there seems to be no guarantee that this will go ahead - just that it could go ahead.
- 40:01: Will Daryl make the final recommendation with respect to the fisheries impact?
- 40:28: Daryl. Does that mean that weighting given to each part of the EIS is the same irrespective of the importance or significance of the area for particular species, whether it be commercial fish, koalas or shorebirds?
- 41:58: Who is responsible overall for determining Walker's final position with respect to the findings of the EIS?
- 45:00: Craig why don't the artist's impressions of what the development might look like not include any of the blocks of units, for example the scene included on page 2 in this weeks Redland City Bulletin. At present we have no clear idea of what 3600 units around Toondah Harbour looks like.
- 48:25: For Daryl, in your experience, how well are developers held to those conditions?
- 51:55: The area is in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Again it would require a revocation. What is that process?
- 58:15: Craig you're talking about the master plan - is what you are talking about and showing us what Walker actually proposes to build?
Responses to unanswered questions from the Fisheries Talk Toondah Recording session
The Moreton Bay Ramsar Site is covers an area of 120,654 ha which includes a semi-enclosed bay bounded by Moreton and Stradbroke Islands: three of the largest natural sand islands in the world. The site provides significant areas of wetland, seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh habitat for shorebirds and marine species including turtles and dugong. The Toondah Harbour Development Project will impact on approximately 32 ha (0.02%) of the Ramsar site and includes an existing port facility that is the launching point for vehicle and passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island. Potential impacts from the development need to be addressed at the site level as well as in the context of the whole Ramsar site. These impacts will be addressed in detail through the EIS process.
“Urgent national interest” is a concept that a Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention may apply when it invokes its right to delete from, or restrict the boundaries of, a Ramsar site. At this time, no deletion or restriction of the boundary of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site is proposed.
Extensive geotechnical analysis, hydrodynamic modelling and expert marine engineering advice by world class experts have informed the development of this proposal, which will also be peer reviewed by eminent specialists. Coastal engineering has come a long way since Raby Bay was developed some decades ago.
The intent of Craig’s comment is that there is no current proposal or requirement to delete from, or restrict the boundary of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Site.