At the beginning of October the State Administrative Tribunal considered the Point Grey marina proposal, which includes the construction of a 2.5 kilometre navigation channel across the Peel-Harvey Estuary which scientists believe will compromise the already fragile health of the estuary. The decision of the tribunal is expected in November 2019.
Environmental groups say dolphins, sea mullet, migratory birds and the region’s prized blue manna crabs are all under threat from the project.
Canning MP Andrew Hastie is campaigning to halt the development. “We do not want to see the estuary destroyed, we don’t want to see habitats and local marine species damaged, especially our crabs. It’s our job to protect and preserve these wonderful things in our environment.”
TAKE ACTION NOW Oppose the Point Grey Dredge by signing your Federal MP’s petition: www.andrewhastie.com.au/oppose_the_point_grey_dredge
Mr Hastie is backed by state Labor MPs David Templeman and Robyn Clarke, and Liberal member for Dawesville Zak Kirkup. The City of Mandurah and the Shire of Murray are also against the project.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chief executive Jane O’Malley said the development would be a catastrophe for the waterway and wetlands. “If you dig a hole in our estuary, it will fill with toxic black ooze. Long term, it will be devastating. We believe this is the single biggest threat to the estuary.”
17 PPG members and friends helped to clean up the Coodanup Foreshore area during this year’s event, including a group of participants from Bunnings. The age range of participants was 19 to 85. They cleaned the estuary foreshore, walkways and associated areas for two hours, which makes a total of 34 volunteer hours of rubbish picked up. Thank you to all the volunteers.
Sea Bin Launch
It’s a first for Australia! We and our partners have acquired two sea bins for the waterways of Mandurah.
They have been installed in the Dolphin Quay Marina, and the official launch was held on 8th February.
Read more courtesy of the Mandurah Coastal Times.
PPG is supporting the Mandurah Dolphin Rescue Team’s efforts to raise money for much-needed equipment to help stranded dolphins. If you’d like to make a donation to this worthy cause or you’d like more information please click here.
Mandurah Dolphin Rescue and partners are also raising funds to install dolphin monitoring cameras on known dolphin stranding hotspots too remote to be seen. Find out more.
Yalgorup National Park Survey
The City of Mandurah is investigating the level of community support for nominating Yalgorup National Park and the Yalgorup lakes for National Heritage listing. Yalgorup National Park is located at the southern end of Mandurah, and shares a border with the Shires of Harvey and Waroona. It is one of the most important environmental assets in the Peel region. If you are a resident within the City of Mandurah, Shire of Waroona or Shire of Harvey they would like to hear from you. Take the survey here.
Australia’s borders were closed to overseas fishing fleets more than 20 years ago after decades of devastating overfishing. But the commercial fishing industry is currently in talks with the Australian Government about allowing overseas fleets back into our waters. At the same time, the Government is trying to strip back the sanctuaries in the marine parks where these vessels might operate. Say NO to overseas fishing fleets.
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Our committee meetings are (usually) held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 5pm at The Parents Place.
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Our informal coffee meetings are held on each preceding Saturday at 20m at Nourishing the Soul Café.
EVERYONE is welcome to our coffee meetings to find out what we’re doing, and to suggest what we could be doing.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held soon. Watch this space!
Calendar for 2019
Thursday 3rd – PPG Committee Meeting – 5.00pm – The Parents Place – Members welcome
Saturday 2nd – PPG Coffee Meeting – 2.00pm – Nourishing the Soul Café – Everyone welcome
Thursday 7th – PPG Committee Meeting – 5.00pm – The Parents Place – Members welcome
Saturday 30th – PPG Coffee Meeting – 2.00pm – Nourishing the Soul Café – Everyone welcome
Thursday 5th – PPG Committee Meeting – 5.00pm – The Parents Place – Members welcome