KAFDA coordinator Ginny Gerlach with Cr Bill Ludwig, who has signed the pledge
KAFDA coordinator Ginny Gerlach with Cr Bill Ludwig, who has signed the pledge Trish Bowman

Candidates urged to join pledge to protect Keppel Bay

A GREEN group has called on all the Livingstone mayoral and candidates to sign a pledge to protect Keppel Bay and the Fitzroy Delta from coal port development.

KAFDA invited the council and mayoral candidates to a briefing recently to outline what the group saw as the social, economic and environmental consequences of allowing the coal port proposals to go ahead.

To date, 18 council candidates and two mayoral candidates have signed the pledge.

"With coal ports posing the biggest immediate threat to the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay and the Great Barrier Reef it is crucial that the new council take action to fight against the planned coal ports to ensure that the development does not even begin," Ginny Gerlach said.

"The proposed coal ports not only threaten the unique estuarine ecosystem of the Fitzroy Delta but the planned development also poses a threat to the local community, including many local businesses who rely on the beauty and lifestyle of the area to attract visitors and tourists.

"KAFDA is pleased that so many candidates have pledged to protect Keppel Bay and the Fitzroy Delta.

KAFDA encourages all other candidates to sign the pledge in the lead up to the election.

KAFDA will continue to post the names of those candidates who have signed the pledge on their Facebook page and website to ensure the community is aware which candidates have shown a commitment to take action against the proposed coal ports, if elected.

Protection pledge

Candidates who have signed the pledge to date:

Kay Becker (mayoral), Bill Ludwig (mayoral), Glenda Mather, Tom Wyatt, Paul Bambrick, Gary Kerr, Jan Kelly, Hannah Colley, Adam Belot, Paul Lancaster, Mick Johns, Paul Mitchell, Dusan Cech, Mark White, Paul Mills, Dean Anderson, Robert Blyde, Amanda McCasker, Graham Scott and Stephen McKenna.



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