Protect the Pumicestone Passage
To: The Honourable Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
To the Honourable Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities: Stop the Caloundra South Development in Queensland. Introducing a population of 50,000 people at Caloundra South will push it beyond its ecological thresholds. There are vulnerable and endangered species that rely on this habitat.
Why is this important?
PUMICESTON PASSAGE 35km in length Receives inflows from numerous small creeks and is subject to tidal flushing starting from Deception Bay resulting in a slow, net northern movement of water. Contains mangroves, salt marshes, sand and mudflats, seagrass beds and coastal dunes. These support a wide variety of plant and animal communities by providing rich feeding and breeding grounds. Key species include: 1) 350 species of marine invertebrates; 2) 60 species of fish and an important hatchery for recreational and commercial species; 3) 40 species of birds including 30 migratory; 4) Seven species each of mangroves and seagrass; 5) Green and Hawksbill turtles (vulnerable) and Loggerhead turtles (endangered); 6) Dugong (vulnerable).