Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has again raised concerns over the state of the Pumicestone Passage and its impact on surrounding ecosystems.
During a visit to the northern end of the passage last Sunday, opposite Military Jetty in Caloundra, Mr McArdle discovered severe erosion across the normally picturesque part of the passage.
“Unfortunately this erosion, which is more than a metre high, shows dead trees and exposed roots of nearby flora,” Mr McArdle said.
“If this is what we’re seeing on the surface, one can only imagine what is happening underneath and how widespread it really is.
“This is a serious issue and one that will be top of the agenda when I meet with a variety of community groups at a forum on August 17.”
The Healthy Waterways annual report card shows the Pumicestone Passage has slipped from an A- in 2002 to a C+ in 2011.
It received its worst grading in 2010, a D+, with the report noting an increase in sewage nitrogen signal and decrease in seagrass depth.
Alarmingly, it also noted; “There appears to be a long term trend for declining ecosystem health in the Passage.”
“There are so many community-based groups in Caloundra and across the Coast who are dedicated to protecting the passage,” Mr McArdle said.
“I’m keen to discuss with them these issues at my next community forum, and also how we can work with dedicated Government agencies to establish a like-minded approach.”
Community groups invited include Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Night Eyes Water and Landcare, of which Mr McArdle is a patron of, Currimundi Catchment Care Group, Friends of Currimundi Lake, TAPP, and many more.
Media will be invited to the forum.