Bob Irwin looks over Snapper Creek.
Bob Irwin looks over Snapper Creek. Craig Warhurst

Irwin backs Tin Can Bay marina fight

THE FIGHT to save Tin Can Bay’s marina precinct from a proposed multi-million dollar re-development was stepped up yesterday as wildlife warrior Bob Irwin called on one million Australians to get behind the campaign.

The well-known environmental activist said he was trying to rally as much support as possible in the lead up to the government’s decision about the re-development, which could be made as early as next month.

Mr Irwin said he had been asked by the Southern Sandy Straits Marine Environment Group to go to Tin Can Bay recently and look at the area that would be impacted, and as a result could not recommend the campaign highly enough.

“The proposed marina will decimate an environmentally sensitive location and the damage that it will cause will be irreparable,” Mr Irwin said.

He said the marina area had areas that were only 50cm deep at low tide which would result in toxic sludge being dredged up during the revamp. He said seagrass beds would die as a result of dredging and increased vessel traffic.

He was also extremely concerned about the effect the dredging would have on wildlife.

“The Great Sandy Strait has among the world’s highest density of dugong, but their populations are still dwindling; they are already extinct in Maldives, Mauritius and Taiwan,” Mr Irwin said.

“The high-powered boats that will use this proposed marina will cause propeller strike to both the endangered dugongs and turtles – as already happens to all these species in Moreton Bay.”

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