Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith. It concerns the proposed use of the Rosebud foreshore reserve for the location of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre. I first raised this with the minister on 16 August 2012, and Mr Scheffer has also raised it a number of times. When I first raised this matter I pointed out to the minister that I took issue with the basis on which he had granted coastal consent for the use of the Rosebud foreshore and I asked him to publicly explain that consent, given that the then Department of Sustainability and Environment had consistently advised against such use as it would be inconsistent with the Victorian coastal strategy.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In February the Victorian National Parks Association released its report The Coast is Unclear -- An Uncertain Future for Nature along the Victorian Coast. This comprehensive report explores coastal planning and management issues all around Victoria's coastline.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- By leave, I move my amended motion 589:
That this house expresses its concern that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has granted coastal consent for the construction of a boat ramp at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, known as 'Option 3b' despite --
(1) the Gippsland Coastal Board opposing it;
(2) 87 per cent of submissions to the 2007 inquiry EES opposing it;
(3) the October 2008 independent panel report on the ocean access boat ramp, Bastion Point Mallacoota, recommending that a minor improvement to the existing boat ramp is as much as should be done at Bastion Point; and
(4) The Department of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Transport recommending an alternative option H2;
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- It was great to see Bob Brown on the front page of the new-look Age yesterday in a story by Adam Morton about how the campaign to save the Franklin River was won. The article states that Bob was:
Overlooking the site of the Franklin blockade for the first time in five years ... While he believes the public's concern about the environment is greater than ever, the political value placed on untouched areas far from where most Australians live ...
is difficult to maintain. He is quoted as saying:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I would like to congratulate Mr Neil Blake on winning the Dame Phyllis Frost Clean Beaches award. Neil Blake is the Port Phillip baykeeper and the director of the Port Phillip EcoCentre. He has been a major organiser and a participant in the 2011 clean beaches initiative put forward by the Port Phillip Clean Beach Coalition to clean up the beaches in the Port Phillip municipality.
Neil has been involved for many years in community-based projects and programs around the city of Port Phillip. He is a worthy recipient of that award, and I congratulate him on that. I also congratulate the Port Phillip EcoCentre on its adoption of a new strategic plan at its annual general meeting of 2 September, which I attended.
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Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Ports, Dr Napthine, and it is in regard to the incident that occurred at 1.20 a.m. on Saturday, 24 March, when a 27-metre fishing trawler ran aground at the tip of Point Nepean near Corsair Rock. The trawler was reported to be carrying 30 000 litres of diesel, 300 litres of hydraulic fluid and 500 litres of commercial lubricant. It ran aground in 10 to 15 metres of water in the area known as the Rip, which is one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water.
Sue Pennicuik, MLC for Southern Metropolitan Region, called on the government in parliament last night, to release the Victorian Coastal Hazard Guide and the Report of the Coastal Climate Change Advisory Committee.
"The Victorian Coastal Hazard Guide was expected to be completed by the end of 2011 and the report of the Coastal Climate Change Advisory Committee was submitted to the government in December 2010," she said. "That was more than a year ago and coastal communities around Victoria are waiting for these reports," Ms Pennicuik said.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Mr Smith. I request Mr Smith release two particular reports regarding climate change and coastal inundation. The first of those reports is the Victorian Coastal Hazard Guide under the umbrella of the Future Coasts program as outlined in Future Coasts -- Preparing Victoria's Coast for Climate Change. The website states: