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Human Impact at Hastings Point Hastings Point is a small settlement on the coast just south of Tweed Heads and the NSW border.

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Human Impact at Hastings Point Hastings Point is a small settlement on the coast just south of Tweed Heads and the NSW border. The effects have been largely felt at Hastings Point; human impact has been the cause of a great deal of damage to the abiotic and biotic factors of the surrounding environments such as the mangroves, rocky shore, and sand dunes. Hastings Point in the last 5 years to 10 years has been subject to a great deal of negative development, corrupt council members which has resulted in sewage flooding, dredging , sewage into the creek, mangrove degradation, destruction of rocky shore environments and longshore drift. The mangroves are being destroyed for development; the rocky shores are suffering from people taking too many sea urchins and oysters which destroy the wildlife. The sand dunes have been degraded by humans walking all over the dunes which wear them down and have caused them to be so far back from the water. ...read more.

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The mangroves are a habitat for many creatures such as White Bellied Eagles, Small Fish, Crabs and other small organisms. If the environment for these organisms is destroyed the population densities of all these organisms will greatly reduce and reduce further if it continues, competition for food will also be greater because of organisms dying and competition for habitat as well. Cudgera Creek, one of the main areas that all this is happening also has it's owns problems, the bridge/walkway that was built over the estuary caused silting in the creek bed and because of this the flow of water gets blocked up and when the water cannot flow through the creek it can cause flooding of Hastings Point. The silting of the creek is just another negative result that has been caused by human impact. (2), (1) and (4) If there was no development in the area, the state of the ecosystem may improve. The development that has already occurred has negatively impacted the area and if development was to stop then the ecosystem could never recover fully to the state that it was but small improvements may happen. ...read more.

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If sustainable development had always been the priority of the council then many of the construction sites that were approved by the corrupt council would have been disallowed and the environment would be in a better state, and the habitats that were destroyed due to construction and or the after effects of construction such as sewage would be intact. There are many ways for humans to impact the environment in which they live and through the actions of human beings we have the power to negatively or positively impact the habitats of organisms and the organisms themselves. Through our actions at Hastings Point the area has been negatively impacted by construction, dredging, infrastructure problems, and degradation of habitats. The way in which the people of Hastings Point decide conduct themselves in the environment and the way the Tweed Council influence, buildings being erected and protection policies will decide then whether or not the area will continue to have the abiotic and biotic factors unharmed. (1) http://savehastingspoint.com/ (2) http://www.dnr.nsw.gov.au/estuaries/inventory/cudgera.shtml (3) http://www.zoology.unimelb.edu.au/keolab/humans (4) http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/publications/somer/ ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This gives a reasonably good overview of the issues but greater detail would help explain why the developments are damaging and describe the effects on ecosystems more fully.

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