The Hon Mike Rann MP
Minister for Economic Development
Minister for Social Inclusion
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Sustainability and Climate Change
200 Victoria Square,
Adelaide South Australia 5001
AN OPEN LETTER
I am writing to express concern over the proposed industrial development of Torrens Island and in particular, the impact such a development would have upon our unique Port River dolphins.
According to comments made by the State%u2019s Planning Department%u2019s Principal Planner, Roger Freeman, there is no guarantee that concerns regarding the proposed sub-division put forward to the Department of Planning would be %u2018taken into account%u2019, (Portside Messenger March 17th 2010), subsequently I am writing directly to you, the newly re-elected Premier of South Australia.
Such a development in this area, which lies within the proclaimed Dolphin Sanctuary (by the Department of Environment in 2005), has been described by Aaron Machado of Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation, as an: %u201Cact of vandalism%u201D that would destroy a habitat that our dolphins, seabirds and other wildlife rely on.
Considering that the mangroves to be affected by proposed dredging have been recognised by the Federal Government as a protected species, and their significance in maintaining the health of the Port River is well documented, the disturbance of this area would undoubtedly bring with it increased human interference and industrial pollution to the detriment of the Port River Dolphins.
In a recent review of the S.A. Planning and Development Strategic Plan, the Department%u2019s Mission Statement has been amended to take into account:
%u201C%u2026.that future industrial and residential developments make more effective us of existing infrastructure capacity and that investment in new infrastructure capacity proceeds in a timely, economically and ecologically sustainable manner.%u201D The statement goes on to identify the need for decision making to occur within a whole-of-State perspective.
I believe the planned 48ha redevelopment of Torrens Island does not take into account a whole-of-State perspective when considering the threat to the preservation of our local flora and fauna, our State%u2019s Heritage and the vitality of our Port River.