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Toondah Harbour

Fisheries Talk Toondah Recording

Wednesday 5th August 2020, 6:00pm

Questions answered during the session:

Responses to unanswered questions from the Fisheries Talk Toondah Recording session

But how can Walker group be allowed to do this on a Ramsar site which is supposed to protect and preserve the marine environment?

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.

Will these recorded sessions be posted on the website?

Yes.

Ramsar agreement says only in the instance of significant national interest can the agreed area be compromised. Is this project of significant national interest?

"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.

What are you planning to do to avoid the sorts of problems with canal walls at Raby Bay now 30 to 40 years after completion of the development?

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.

For Craig - can you please confirm that you just said there is no Ramsar implication and no need to revoke any part of the Ramsar listing for Moreton Bay?

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.