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Action Alert - Marine Turtles      
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ACTION ALERT

Sydney, 4 March 2009
Protect marine turtle nesting sites from resort development

Nestled in between two World Heritage Areas, the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef, Ella Bay is a pristine habitat on the North Queensland Coast. Recent surveys by a dedicated group of conservationists at Bramston Beach have discovered a significant number of marine turtle nesting sites at Ella Bay that were previously unknown.

Yet a proposal to develop a beachside resort on this bay is now threatening their survival.

After being provided with the new information that documents the existence of the previously unknown nesting sites in Ella Bay and the surrounding coastline, Environment Minister Peter Garrett has now decided to reconsider the development referral for the proposed Ella Bay Resort. This referral is now open for public comment.

Documents on the proposed development, as well as details of the newly documented marine turtle nesting sites are available at http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/epbc_ap.pl?name=referral_detail&proposal_id=2159

Despite having survived in the oceans for over 100 million years, marine turtles are now a highly threatened group of animals. Australia is fortunate to have 6 of the 7 species of marine turtles in our waters, and all of these species are protected under Australian laws as threatened species. Coastal developments are a key threat to their nesting success and long term survival. It is essential that these impacts are thoroughly considered as the Minister reevaluates the proposal, and that it is not permitted to proceed in such an ecologically sensitive habitat.

Action:

Act by 11 March 2009

Send your comments quoting Reference Number 2005/2159 and Referral Title ' Satori Resorts Ella Bay Pty Ltd/Urban and commercial new development/Ella Bay/QLD/Ella Bay Residential and Tourism Development'  to Referral Business Entry Point, EIA Policy Section (EPBC Act), Approvals and Wildlife Division, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, GPO Box 787, Canberra ACT 2601. Comments can also be sent by email to epbc.referrals@environment.gov.au or by fax on (02) 6274 1789.

Ask that the proposed Ella Bay Resort is not approved given the adverse impacts that the development will have on nesting marine turtles, and on the ecological values of the adjacent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.
A sample letter is available at: http://www.cafnec.org.au/temp/Ella_Bay_letter_to_Garrett.doc.
 
Please send us copies of any responses you receive.





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