Our aim is two-fold:
1) (WE'VE WON THIS ONE - WENLOCK RIVER DECLARED WILD BY THE QLD GOVT - 4 JUNE 2010) To have the Wenlock River declared a 'wild' river under the Wild Rivers Act 2005, &
2) To deny mining rights to Cape Alumina Pty Ltd to mine bauxite (or any other resource) in the Wenlock River basin and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
Our reasoning is as follows:
The Wenlock River is one of Australia's last few remaining, true wild rivers. It retains its unique and irreplaceable attributes untouched and undamaged by man. It is home to the largest diversity of freshwater fish species of any Australian river. It is home to the largest breeding population of salt water crocodiles on the planet. It is also home to other endangered species such as the Red Goshawk. The Wenlock must be declared 'wild' under the Wild Rivers Act 2005 to ensure it is protected and doesn't become another victim of man's waterway greed, like the Murray Darling River system.
The bauxite plateaus present in the Wenlock River area, and particularly in the Coolibah Springs complex are vital to the overall hydrology and resultant ecology of the area. If the bauxite is removed, the entire system will fail, it is that simple. It can never be replaced, regardless of the amount of 're-vegetation' promised by Cape Alumina Pty Ltd.
The Wenlock River & Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve are a unique and irreplaceable part of Australia.
This area is one of the last true wilderness areas left in Australia, and indeed on earth. The Wenlock River is home to the largest diversity of fresh water fish species of any Australian river.
It is one of the best breeding areas for salt water crocodiles on the planet and is home to many endangered species such as the Red Goshawk.
In this day and age of continued environmental destruction, multi-national owned corporations like Cape Alumina Pty Ltd and the Queensland State Government need to be told that we will not stand by and watch them destroy this unique & irreplaceable part of Australia.
Human greed and ignorance has all but destroyed the Murray-Darling River system, don't let the same thing happen to the Wenlock River & Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
The Save The Wenlock petition to Queensland Government was written by Michael Dowers and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.