LOWLY MATTERS!

Say NO to the industrial development of Point Lowly! Significant industrial development has been proposed for the Point Lowly area, just north of Whyalla, South Australia. This includes: a bulk commodities facility, iron ore export jetty, fuel terminal and refinery. This will take an area of approximately 500 hectares. This is the result of the mining boom in SA that will require further infrastrutcure to support the growth of this. An alternative area was located at the corner of Point Lowly and Port Augusta road, but the Defence Department is pushing to take over that industrial zoned land, therefore putting pressure on the coastal area to house the facilities. The State Department owns this land at Point Lowly and has been zoned industrial for numerous years. The proposed jetty wil go through the Australian Giant Cuttlefish aggregation area, therefore threatening this unique species. People come from all over the world to view this spectacular event. Copper concentrate has been flagged as being exported from this jetty. Copper concentrate is highly dangerous for marine life, particuarly 'molluscs' ie - the Cuttlefish. No consultation was done with the community in the development of these proposals. A community one day forum was held. Two days later the state government called for expressions of interest from private companies to build the jetty. The Lowly beach is one of the best beaches in the area for 100km and is used recreationally by the community. The proposed jetty (located next to the santos one) will affect this pristine environment. Shack owners and permanent residents will have their homes threatened and surrounded by industry. Weerona Bay (near where the jetty will go) is of mythical significance for Aboriginal people. Here is where the 'Singing to the Sharks' took place. The Barngarla regard Weerona and Point Lowly as an area of importance as part of the dreamtime journey of the Moon and Seven Sisters. The local indigenous community has not been consulted. Point Lowly is one of the most beautiful places in Australia that will be turned into an industrialised landscape....and we will have lost a wonderful natural asset. If you are concerned about this development please sign this petition so we can let the State and Federal Government know that we DO care what goes on in our backyard. Say NO to the industrial development of Point Lowly!! Thank you for your support....

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  • Dan Monceaux The rocky reef adjacent to the proposed iron ore wharf is the only known mass breeding site for this population of Giant Australian cuttlefish. Kudos to the Whyalla community for their efforts to defend this natural asset from unnecessary and largely uncalculated harm.

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    Dan Monceaux, Australia

    3 days ago Comments: The rocky reef adjacent to the proposed iron ore wharf is the only known mass breeding site for this population of Giant Australian cuttlefish. Kudos to the Whyalla community for their efforts to defend this natural asset from unnecessary and largely uncalculated harm.
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