Red light for dredging

Blue Wedges Committee met today to consider legal advice in relation to Federal Court proceedings scheduled for 10th and 11th January 2008.


“Dredging requires Federal court approval, not just Ministerial approval. Mr. Garrett only made his decision last Thursday, and we are entitled to make application for an injunction prohibiting that decision taking effect. Our solicitors have demanded reason for Mr. Garrett’s decision, but we are still awaiting a reply” says Jenny Warfe Blue Wedges spokesperson.

According to John Willis Australian Anglers Association delegate to VRFish, Victoria’s peak recreational angling organisation, “In my opinion channel deepening is an environmental disaster, and if you want to catch a snapper you had better do it before 1st February when the dredges are due to start”

Andrew McCutcheon President of Earthcare St. Kilda, who study and work to protect the colony of one thousand St. Kilda penguins, says The Contained Aquatic Disposal facility proposed for the north of the Bay is just a name to disguise what in reality is a toxic dump.  The spread of toxic substances from this dump will threaten penguin survival.” 

The chances of Mr. Garrett having read the Environmental Effects Statement prior to making his decision are zero. We urge all concerned community groups and businesses to protest dredges coming into the Bay by whatever legal means are at their disposal” says Ms. Warfe.

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