Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has announced that the petition to ‘save Stockton Beach’ has reached a milestone point of 5,000 signatures, it comes as the Stockton community attended a briefing from Newcastle City Council last night.
Mr Crakanthorp is calling on all supporters to sign and return the petition calling on the NSW Government to take urgent action to save Stockton Beach.
Once a parliamentary petition has 10,000 signatures, the Government must debate the issue on the floor of the NSW Parliament.
To date, the response from the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, has been inadequate, with the Minister choosing not to respond to correspondence and refusing to visit Stockton.
However, Mr Crakanthorp has met with the NSW Coastal Panel Chair, Professor Bruce Thom, to express the communities concerns and need for urgent action.
It comes as news that more than 5,000 tonnes of rubbish had been dug up and 3,000 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.
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 the 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 formal representations! This is unacceptable, it’s time to do her job or step down!”
“I want to acknowledge the efforts of community members that have collected thousands of signatures on the petition. This issue has galvanised the community and demonstrates to the Government just how important this issue is.
“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.”