Sunday, May 30, 2010

So Wrong

Yesterday, I took some friends to visit the Cove, the one facing the islands, at the mouth of the channel to Princess Royal Harbour. They didn't even know it was there. They couldn't believe that the Albany Port Authority and Grange Resources are intending to fill the Cove in with dredging spoils to create a berth for massive iron ore ships, and in the process destroy it forever.
The stoking of the fire in my belly are the feelings I experience when sitting on the rocks at the Cove; 'This place is so beautiful. How can Grange and the APA do this? How can they possibly justify their plan? Money? Status? WTF?'

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  1. You might not have to stop them. Sarah, I think Grange may actually be fucked! Get a copy of the last Albany Advertiser....front page article......
    "Woolstores Plan Revealed". They don't have a route for the pipe and their latest attempt to get one will also probably fail because of proposed developments at the old Wool Stores site. Goddo works in mysterious ways :)

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  2. Yes I read that Michelle. Don't know if it will really slow them down. They just have to lean on Main Roads a bit harder.
    I think, in the end, some really solid, cohesive community opposition is the only thing that will stop them.
    For me, the main evil is the Albany Port Authority. They are getting the dredging for free, it doesn't matter which mining company pays for it. And they are letting Grange do all the talking and persuading and cash gathering.
    They are very quiet about all this, the APA, and they will still be here, whoring the harbour and the Sound, long after Grange have gone.

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  3. Mmmmmm...we'll see. But I agree that community pressure needs to be maintained.

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  4. This really is a beautiful little cove isn't it?.....I think it's the one I always used to fantasise being able to surf on a long-board in a biggish easterly swell....hmmmm, now THAT would be a great publicity stunt and I wonder if Tony Harrison would be interested.

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  5. It bugs me to even know that the Albany Port Authority and Grange Resources could consider such a deed! It makes no sense. Words such as greed or short-term short-sightedness provide some explanations... Vandalism is another description... Why oh why can people be allowed to think they can get away with such things...? Is this the same Port Authority that is building (or given permission for) that Opera House on the water's edge in front of the town? But that cove, what a beautiful irreplaceable jewel of a locality.

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  6. Oh, the 'Opera House' - I have dubbed it 'The Titanic' cos it looks like a semi-submerged ship and I reckon it will get sunk by a financial 'ice-berg'. All the kids I talk to reckon it's not big enough for the concert artists they would support, so that leaves us middle-aged-stay-at-homes to finance it. And no, that's council land but they are pretty dodgy too.....especially at the moment, all sorts of shit is going down.

    Like you Tim, I really want to know: 'why are all the idiots in control of the world?'

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  8. Sorry, I seem to have been spammed by someone flogging (....) sunglasses.

    Sounds like a great stunt Michelle. The other one is getting a nudist's bum shot on a perfect calm day. I think more activism - as in active - is the go.

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  9. I got it - what about a combination: nude surfing in the cove!!

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  11. Greed often blinds happiness... Greed also distorts the real world, Sarah. Man has a place in this world but he sometimes fails to acknowledge it.

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  12. A truly amazing site you have!

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  13. Thanks Mark, glad you like it!

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  14. I almost forgot what clear water looks like , beautiful little spot there , concrete won't do it any justice
    What is that grey lumpy thing on the hill above - a rock ? - a building ?
    ( sorry I have a WW2 bunker fetish )

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  15. No Woy Woy, that's a granite rock but there is a bunker just up the hill and another east along the coast from there.

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  16. Hello WWS. I forgot about your WW2 thang. There's bunkers all over the hill there. When I was a kid they were all open for exploration and roaming but apparently these days it's too dangerous for folk like us. A close look at the bunkers reveals their building artistry. The ledges were curved to look like the boulders in the bush.


    The 'building' you could see is actually a massive granite rock - a signifier that you are in Albany. along the coast by one hundred metres is the old lighthouse keeper's house.

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