The currently proposed future of Point Lowly Peninsula only considers the value of industrially-zoned land with convenient existing infrastructure to serve commercial needs. Driving this is the mining industry, built around the extraction and transport of mineral resources which will last no longer than 50 years. As Whyalla Councillor Eddie Hughes says in his video interview, there ARE alternatives, and the costs of lost opportunities sacrificed by the current proposals are not being factored into the State Government’s regional development equation. Fortunately, the community has many answers to this, and a variety of groups and individuals have proposed alternative solutions to satisfy the needs of industry, while preserving and capitalising on the natural assets of the Point Lowly Peninsula. These include the spectacular outlook across the Gulf to the Flinders Ranges, fish nurseries, rocky reef, sea grass and sponge garden habitats, mangoves, the terrific recreational fishing, the local dolphin pod, visiting whales and the rejuvenating peace and tranquility.
With the incredible and unique underwater attraction of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation, an historic lighthouse with adjacent cottages, and the potential to better accommodate larger volumes of ecotourists on the peninsula’s rolling hills, sandy beaches and pebbly bays with a little foresight, this is a vision for Lowly which will grow in value over hundreds of years. Be inspired by the videos below. Each shows a successful sustainable development in Western Australia and in the USA, built upon very similar existing resources to what already exists at Point Lowly. What do you think about a future for Point Lowly based on sustainable, renewable industries compared to what’s currently proposed: short term gains for short-lived industries?