This is said to be the biggest enviromental disaster Australia has ever seen as the giant dredger Queen of the Netherlands prepares for a so called trial dredging which will result in 1.7million cubic metres of rock and sand to be removed from the entance of the bay this is only 5 percent of the percieved total, it is stated that this trial is the only way to gauge the true enviromental impact dredging will have.
( and they had to pick the start of squid season to do it too)
In all 3 million tonnes of toxic waste will be dumped in the bay resulting in making Port Phillip Bay a toxic wasteland
While the Bracks Government has gained small levels of support and credibility about its claims that 1500 port and 80.000 exports jobs are at stake there has been no mention of the jobs that will be lost in tourisim.eg fishing charters sight seeing charters, caravan parks, tackle shops, and the governement revenue lost from taxes relating to fishing all of these put together must out wiegh any benefit that dredging the bay might have.
Friday will be a very dark day for all anglers when the trial dredging starts because it is popular opinion that when its starts it wont stop no matter what the outcome
Pray that the court injunctions being taken out against the Government by the Bluewedges Coalition swings things our way and stops the dredger dead in its tracks and send it packing back to the Netherlands.For if not you might have caught your last squid
Edited by supersquid, 03 August 2005 - 09:14 PM.