Skip navigation

Upper House condemns Minister' inaction on St Kilda mangroves environmental disaster

The Upper House has just passed a Greens’ motion condemning the inaction of the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy and the Minister for Environment and Water in dealing with Buckland Dry Creek Pty Ltd, who are responsible for the ponds leaking hypersaline brine resulting in a mass die-off of mangroves in St Kilda. This is the first such motion (condemning Ministers) to pass the Upper House in the term of the Marshall Government.

Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks MLC:

“The Marshall Government has utterly failed to prevent an entirely preventable environmental disaster. They have had multiple warnings over many years that this could happen if they didn’t manage these ponds properly. We have seen now almost a decade of missed opportunities and mismanagement and have a serious environmental disaster on the Marshall Government watch as a result."

“This was entirely avoidable. Had these Marshall Government Ministers actually stepped in about a year ago when there was already evidence the ponds were leaking, had they listened to years’ worth of warnings, we wouldn’t be now mourning dead mangroves, dead saltmarsh, dead trees in the surrounding suburban backyards and underfed migratory birds now."

“The message to both Ministers is clear: the Parliament will not stand for further destruction and ineffective action. We need them to work with the community, work with the experts, and ensure that the mangroves can recover. The damage done will already take several generations to be repaired but further stalling and posturing will simply make things even worse. They stand condemned today for their inaction. The death of the mangroves is now their legacy."

Continue Reading

Read More

SA Greens Support Justice for Greyhounds Protest

August 05, 2023

A protest in response to the horrific footage of greyhounds being kicked, punched and beaten last week is being held in Adelaide today, organised by Greyhound Welfare Initiative and Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds. The Greens support the Premier’s announcement of the independent...

Read more

SA Greens Welcome Independent Inquiry into Greyhound Racing

July 26, 2023

The Greens have welcomed the decision of the Malinauskas Government to establish an independent inquiry into Greyhound Racing in South Australia. Greens animal welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC has emphasised the necessity that the inquiry have broad terms of reference and wide-ranging powers. “The...

Read more