Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Credit Where It's Due

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Credit Where It's Due

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I WOULD like to congratulate Mrs Ross and the committee of the Seaforth Sports Association on the opening of the new facility at the sports grounds and for a job well done.

I would also like to say a few words about one person's voluntary work, at great expense to himself, to enable the Seaforth community to enjoy its sports grounds as they are today (not too many of the locals living in Seaforth now would know about this).

The late Ted Warren spent months clearing all the tea-trees with his D4 dozer, pushing, stacking and burning these trees all in his own time and expense.

His widow (Helen is the oldest original resident of Seaforth) and two of their three children still reside in Seaforth.

My reason for writing is if the council wants a name for their new building I think they couldn't go past The Ted Warren Memorial Building.

Other issues apply to reef run-off

IT is satisfying to read of Anna Bligh's attempts to save the Great Barrier Reef and I hope she is successful.

However, there are a lot of issues I see where people do not seem to be given the same ultimatums with their methods as the farmers.

Farmers are blamed for all that gets to the reef along our coast. Living on the coast adjacent to farming areas I see a lot of what happens in the area.

Sandringham Bay, into which the waters of Alligator, Sandy and Bakers creeks run, drains a very large area of the farming lands in our district. We do not see any large-scale die back of mangroves; actually a large number of mangrove seeds often germinate along the muddy shoreline.

Mangroves to the north of the Pioneer River have suffered in the past but I notice there is rejuvenation there.

A small percentage of water run-off comes from the farming lands. The majority of farmers who have paddock water run-off, have their own water catchment dams (a haven for all waterbird life and beautiful water lilies) and most of this water is recycled, thus saving it spilling into the waterways and creeks.

With today's farming practice of thrash retention, less land is being washed into creeks after rain.

The northern bank of McEwens Beach, on Sandringham Bay, has experienced bad erosion since 1981-82.

A report in 2002 from the EPA stated 130m of council freehold land had been lost from our coastline in the last 50 years, and since than there has possibly been another 20m lost.

All this land, an approximate surface area of 2ha and 2m deep (which would be equivalent to a small farm paddock), would have washed out to sea with the sediment getting onto our reefs.

It is common knowledge this land has acid sulphate soil in it, so what damage is that causing to the reef? Other beaches in our area are also suffering erosion. This soil also has nowhere else to go but wash into the ocean and onto our reefs. …

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