Your View: Don’t sell our natural assets

COPPER Coast Council is considering revoking the community land status for the Port Moonta Coastal Flora Conservation Reserve so it can subdivide the land and sell it off to raise revenue.

This coastal reserve is located on the corner of Marine Parade and Moonta Roads in Moonta Bay and is densely vegetated with remnant native vegetation, of which very little still exists in the area. It is also a historical marker for the original Port of Moonta.

I am extremely concerned the council is even considering selling off this reserve. At the November council meeting, Councillor Bruce Schmidt moved to direct the CEO to sell the reserve to fund some spray seal on roads around the Moonta Bay area. This motion was approved and it will now proceed to community consultation.

What an appalling misuse of trust that the council would consider short-term revenue raising at the expense of future generations. My young children love Moonta Bay, including the vegetation, birds and other animals in this reserve. What do I tell them the day the reserve is bulldozed?

One of the reasons people are attracted to the Copper Coast is the lifestyle and pristine coastal environment, which includes important native vegetation reserves like Port Moonta Coastal Reserve. Once these reserves are carved up and traded for a bit of spray seal, we can never get them back.

I am a landowner in the Moonta Bay area and I’m not against improving road conditions but this is not the way to do it.  Please don’t sell off our natural assets.

Matthew Baines, Moonta Bay

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    Scott Durand Friday, 19 January 2018 11:58

    I fully support the comments of Matthew Baines. The Port Moonta Coastal Flora Conservation Reserve has been part of the landscape of Moonta Bay for as long as I can remember and I have been visiting the area for 44 years. The coastal reserve has never looked better and significantly contributes to the aesthetic of the area. It is an important source of seeds for the essential flora that populates the dunes between the bay and Marine Parade, and natural space for birds and animals. From the northern end of the caravan park to the dunes of Marine Parade and beyond there is extensive evidence of coastal erosion. The dunes in front of the coastal reserve need these plants to help protect Marine Parade from storm surges that we have experienced recently. As I walk along Marine Parade the coastal reserves are an intrinsic part of the experience providing a remnant of the natural and human history of Port Moonta. The forefathers of Moonta intended these coastal reserves for the enjoyment of future generations, it would be a disgrace if our generation was the one who destroyed this endowment, losing another connection between our past and future.

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