“This is a critical time in what has been a long campaign, but we’re so close to ending this disastrous proposal once and for all.” Torquay local, Damien Cole, is the National Campaign Director for Surfrider Foundation Australia, and is also on the board of the Greater Torquay Alliance, who are currently working hard to save the Spring Creek Valley in Torquay from urban development.
Last time we heard from Damien and Surfrider Foundation they were busy with the ‘Fight for the Bight’ campaign. Without a moment of rest, they are calling on more support for this issue, which is a little closer to home.
You may have seen the ‘Hands Off Spring Creek’ signs around the area, maybe you wrote one of the 3,161 submissions, (94% of which were in favour of no urban development in the Spring Creek Valley), or perhaps this is the first you’ve heard about it. Whatever the case, the campaign is still in full swing.
Damien explains what the proposal, allowing for the development of up to 2000 houses, could mean for the Torquay area:
“If approved, this project would severely impact the wildlife habitat in the Valley, our community in Torquay, and our incredible coastline, including Bells Beach and the Great Ocean Road which are right on our doorstep.”
The Greater Torquay Alliance are seeking donations (https://gofund.me/b8c15666 ) to assist with legal representation at the hearing this month.
“This has been one of the most unifying issues in our town’s history, and by donating to our go fund me, together, we can make our voices heard, and ensure the amazing Spring Creek Valley is finally given the permanent protection it deserves.”
Get in touch with Surfrider Foundation or the Greater Torquay Alliance at the go fund me link above for more information.
Story: Sarah Treacy. Photo: supplied