Jul 22, 2005

Cairns’ Environment Threatened by Ian Campbell’s Support for False Cape Deve

Cairns’ Environment Threatened by Ian Campbell’s Support for False Cape Development

Anthony Albanese MP and

Senator Jan McLucas – Shadow Minister for Aged Care, Disabilities and Carers

Labor Senator for Queensland

22 July 2005

Federal Labor condemns the decision by the Federal Environment Minister, Ian Campbell, to approve a massive development proposal at False Cape, near Cairns.

False Cape is a treasure amongst treasures. It is nestled between two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. It is an unspoilt peninsula near the heart of Cairns.

The original proposal for a 1 500 person residential resort development was pushed through Cairns City Council without proper consideration of its environmental impacts – an indictment on the Cairns Mayor Kevin Byrne.

Now Senator Campbell has approved the development, despite the site adjoining two World Heritage sites and containing threatened species.

On 28 June 2005, Federal Labor joined the Cairns community in expressing deep concerns about this proposal.

Right around the country, people are concerned about inappropriate coastal development. The Howard Government has arrogantly ignored these concerns.

No-one should look to the Howard Government to protect our environment. It has an extreme agenda – it opposes the Kyoto Protocol, it won’t give the Murray River the water it desperately needs and it threatens our unique natural heritage.

Federal Labor is committed to tackling inappropriate coastal development. We’ll work with State and local authorities to ensure high quality planning requirements are developed and consistently implemented.

We will work with the Cairns community in opposing the False Cape development.