Save the Ningaloo Reef!
by Vic Williams On Sunday December 1 more than 10,000 marched through Fremantle demanding "Save the Ningaloo Reef!" and "Stop the danger of a marina". The organisers claim it is one of the healthiest reefs left in the world and want to keep it that way. The spokesperson for the organisers said the reef and the area had been the home of the Indigenous people; it was a beach for turtle nests, and the ocean was a haven for humpback whales with calves. He claimed the marina as planned would hold a thousand yachts and launches, and would pollute the reef. The land belonged to the people and should not be handed to the developers for their exploitation and profit. Writer Tim Winton, who has donated part of his awards to protection of the reef, called on the people to stand up and be counted in protection of the whole area. He did not want to say of the whole area "Beautiful one day, Queensland the next!" Giz Watson, Greens WA MLC, had made an earlier statement on the Ningaloo Reef development proposals: "The State Labor conference opposed the development. That is a strong indication that the ALP's grassroots agree with the community that this development is not appropriate for such a fragile reef system. "The Labor Party's MPs are deeply divided. I've spoken to supporters of both sides and I think there is a very heated cabinet discussion going on. "When it comes to the crunch, all we can do is to keep the pressure on them and hope that those who are passionate about saving Ningaloo Reef have the numbers."