Although the present proposal (to extend the canal estate a further four kilometres south to Mary Creek) is called STAGE II, there have already been three distinct 'stages'. The point is an important one; that incremental development results in death by a thousand cuts was recognised by the Hinchinbroook Channel Inquiry Report and by the system of referral of Actions under the new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Nevertheless the Commonwealth Environment Minister has recently accepted the Breakwater Walls proposal, referred to the Commonwealth under the EPBC Act by the Cardwell Shire Council (CSC), as a separate development from the Stage II proposal by Cardwell Properties/Keith Williams. Presumably the Minister, in making this decision, was aware that an Infrastructure Agreement outlining a deal between Cardwell Properties/Keith Williams (CP/KW) and the CSC, relating to the proposed breakwaters, is included within the CP/KW Development Application currently lodged with the CSC; and that the two CP/KW Stage II Applications (one lodged with the CSC and the other with the Commonwealth) are not identical.

Beautiful Stoney Creek, as it used to be, now replaced by the wide rock-walled ‘ Grande Canal’. Photo: M. Thorsborne


From Phoenix May 2005, the official newsletter of the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook. Edited by Margaret Moorhouse and Margaret Thorsborne; compiled by Steven Nowakowski. Spokeperson for ASH: M. Moorhouse, PO Box 2457 Townsville Qld 4810; Phone 0427 724 052 May 2005

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