Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has announced that the petition to ‘save Stockton Beach’ has reached a milestone point of 5000 signatures. He is calling on all supporters of Stockton to sign the petition for the Government to explain their lack of a response.
Once a Parliamentary petition has 10 000 signatures the Government must debate the topic on which the petition is based.
Mr Crakanthorp said that to date, he has not received a response from the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, despite a written request and many calls through the media for a meeting. The closest response received so far was a meeting with a member of the NSW Coastal Panel Chair, Professor Bruce Thom.
With the news that more than 5000 tonnes of rubbish had been dug up and 3000 tonnes of sand brought in to refill the coastline. (Newcastle Herald 07/03/18) it is more than clear that this issue needs action now.
To sign the petition calling on the Government to save Stockton Beach please contact my office or visit on of the following Stockton businesses: Stockton Bowling Club, Lexie’s, IGA, Stockton Newsagent, Hair Villa, Greater Bank, Beauty Body and Balance, King of the Pack, Gladstone Hotel, Fern Bay Shop and the Stockton Medical Centre.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“The issue is getting worse by the minute. The Minister needs to get involved now.”
“The Minister for Environment is constantly refusing to visit Newcastle environmental concerns. She is constantly passing the buck onto others to represent her or even her chief of staff to respond to emails! This is unacceptable, it’s time to do her job or step down!”
“I urge all those who care about Stockton Beach to get your hands on a petition, sign it and send it in so we can finally have the Government look at the issue and tell us why they are ignoring it.”