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Heritage listing bid for Ningaloo reef

The rugged stretch of West Australian coast where holidaymakers explore the beauty of rare corals
The rugged stretch of West Australian coast where holidaymakers explore the beauty of rare corals
could soon become Australia's 18th World Heritage site
could soon become Australia's 18th World Heritage site
Betwee April and July each year, the 260km stretch of nominated coast is thought to attract
Betwee April and July each year, the 260km stretch of nominated coast is thought to attract
more whale sharks than anywhere else on earth.
more whale sharks than anywhere else on earth.
It also has large populations of mantra rays, dugongs, marine turtles, dolphins, sharks
It also has large populations of mantra rays, dugongs, marine turtles, dolphins, sharks
and for a few months each year humpback whales.
and for a few months each year humpback whales.
The reef there is part of a marine ecosystem that ranks seventh on the world's list of coral reef biodivesity hotpspots
The reef there is part of a marine ecosystem that ranks seventh on the world's list of coral reef biodivesity hotpspots
and is second in terms of the number of species to be found within a limited range.
and is second in terms of the number of species to be found within a limited range.
Finally government introduced strict development guidelines that brought regulation to about 340 unmanaged campsites
Finally government introduced strict development guidelines that brought regulation to about 340 unmanaged campsites
and ended the pollution of the reef from raw sewage.
and ended the pollution of the reef from raw sewage.
We just have to hope it is not too late.
We just have to hope it is not too late.
'I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.
'I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song
and the white sail's shaking,
and the white sail's shaking,
and a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.'
and a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.'
There are words of John Masefield /1878-1967/, who died when I was born but his poem 'Sea Fever' is alive in me.
There are words of John Masefield /1878-1967/, who died when I was born but his poem 'Sea Fever' is alive in me.
When I first arrived on Australian beach it was so vast
When I first arrived on Australian beach it was so vast
it gave me a sense of freedom
it gave me a sense of freedom
It is beautiful here every day
It is beautiful here every day
I hope my writing appeal to everyone. A lot of my poems are about the sea.
I hope my writing appeal to everyone. A lot of my poems are about the sea.
I really love Australian nature, it is rough and tough here but honestly beautiful.
I really love Australian nature, it is rough and tough here but honestly beautiful.

LOST AND FOUND IN BLOGOSPHERE

' Life is like an ocean voyage

and our bodies are the ships,

and without a moral compass

we would all be cast adrift.'

I listened to the lyrics

from Tim Minchin's song

and I knew I need to keep

blogging and hubbing on.


Blogging and hubbing

gives me,

gives you,

gives voice to millions.

It enables us to spread

our presence

across the world.


Write when you are inspired,

read about what you want to know,

about other people,

their thoughts, their passions

and anxieties

provide you with opportunity

to explore something more...

new kinds of conversation

that can offer healing,

wisdom of learning,

new ideas out there,

when we receive it,

we translate it

to our own world.


Prefudice, love and hate,

brain sex,

loneliness,

trying to break free,

out of the traditional mould society.

Longing of moder people

to climb the social lader,

to see themselves powerful,

when it comes to their own roles

and sexuality.

We read, we comment, we understand...

We find something we want to share...

We uncover hidden elements

of our common humanity.

Experiences of others

resonates in us,

in a way,

we would never anticipate.


We yearn for a glimpse of better world,

while turning a blind eye

to pollution, overpopulation,

unfair distribution of wealth among people,

endaregering life on earth.

Each of us has to decide,

what to do,

who will lead the way ?


I don't know the answers,

I just know we are wildly imperfect

and wildly authentic human race.

We need to find the way out,

each of us

went to blogging and hubbing,

because we have a passion,

about something worthwile,

we want to share.

Seeing people,

seeing children

suffer

their pain remains

behind closed doors.

The blog and hub is my platform

for writing about their journey

down the corrugated road,

on and on.

Blogging and hubbing

has no limits and no end.


There are so many of them.

Australian appalling ignorance and prejudice

against war refugees,

homeless, desperate

Afghans, Iraqis and now Sri-Lankans

risking their lives on leaking boats

to reach the promised land.

I call a migration agent

my friend,

who can not sleep any more,

because of his guilt and selfconscience.

He represented many of the last wave,

their applications to be recognised as refugees

were refused.

Australia turned back on them.

" We should learn from past,"

he told me bitterly:

" A ship with 900 Jewish boat people

was turned away by the US

in 1939

and about 200 of them

went to the gas chambers."

The Refugees Convention

was drafted

to prevent

that happening again."

Why Australia,

my own country,

does not care?


There are so many others,

Australia was branded

an international disgrace

after an United Nations report

ranked it

as the nation with the widest life expectancy gap

between its indigenour and nonindigenous people.

The gap is 20 years.

Why?

Because of crime, unemployment and poor health

in one of the whealthiest countries on earth.

" The loss of traditional culture

is to blame,"

my good friend,

Broome Aboriginal elder said:

" It's like a sickness, it slowly destroys our spirit, our body and our heart,

we talk about it but nothing happens,

because no one cares."

And there is so many more of them,

Australian appaling ignorance and prejudice

on mental health,

millions of homeless and desperate people,

with various mental disabilities.

I feel honoured to still have many of them as friends,

many are lost,

killed and beaten up

on the streets of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Suffering has no limits and no end.


' Life is like an ocean voyage

and our bodies are the ships,

and without a moral compass

we would all be cast adrift.'

I listened to the lyrics

from Tim Minchin's song

and I knew I need to keep

blogging and hubbing on.


Blogging and hubbing

gives me,

gives you,

gives voice to millions.

It enables us to spread

our presence

across the world.


Blogging and hubbing

is a way

to change our world

to change ourselves.

Write when you are inspired,

write about what you know,

hopefully,

people will return

to see,

what else you have to say.












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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Hi Beata,

The photographs are beautiful as ever, so let's talk about the text. Touching, questioning, hopeful, condemning -- all of these words apply. I know the fate of refugees is an issue close to your heart after these months of reading your work here and other places. Why are the needs of these helpless, suffering humans ignored? Fear. That one word sums up the whole mess. Australians (and Canadians, and Americans -- in fact probably most of the advanced world) are afraid of the change that admitting numbers of refugees, (or any other form of immigrant really) may bring. In these times of economic difficulties, immigration is seen as a threat, not a boon to a society. "They take our jobs working for less money" "They use our services without payment" "They don't pay taxes." Indeed, in the U.S. the attitude toward immigrants (legal or illegal) is at an all time high of blame, disdain and hatred. I can't believe what I hear sometimes. People are frightened, and blame their fear on the most helpless among them -- without thought or consideration. The irony is, Canada, Australia and the United States are the three biggest lands with similar history -- land stolen by immigrants, settled by immigrants and now the descendants of those immigrants tell the next wave "You can't come." It matters not why the immigrants arrive -- as refugees, or illegals slipping through the borders, or as hopefuls jumping through the official hoops. Suddenly these newcomers are to blame for the ills of our times.

Is there hope to change this mindset? I don't have the answers to this question -- but it may be worth an article of two. I see one now called "The truth of immigration."

By now, and keep up the good work.


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paul_gibsons 6 years ago from Gibsons, BC, Canada

interesting Beata... two parallel poems: anguish and elation.. each with their own internal beauty. Separate and still connected.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear Lynda,

We are so similar in our desperate hope to help disadvantaged, when I read your articles I feel very connected to you as you voice my own sorrows and anguish about the state of our world. You are right about refugees, it is very complicated political matter especially in our recent economical situation and our paranoia about terrorists, but I still feel we have to do something, at least keep writing and talking about it...Thank you my dear friend for your quick and thorough comment, very appreciated. Love from Beata

Dear Paul, I value your opinion very highly as your scientific articles are so geniune and beautiful, so easy to read and understand even for amateurs just like me. Thank you for your nice comment, it warms my heart and makes me feel very special. All the best from Beata


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I really like this poem (or two poems, to take Paul Gibson's insight) - they really open my eyes to the insights of one who cares. Thank you so much for that, and for the lovely pix.

Love and peace

Tony


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Tony, I am happy you like it. All the best with your hubbing ...there is no point in writing if you don't care, there must be purpose in everything...I know we can not change the world, but we can influence each other and hopefully 'grow' to be better people. Beata


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I love your narrative style of poetry I'm glad we found each other Beata..!!


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia Author

Me too, as I said 'writing is dead' if no one reads it...thank you for making my words coming alive...all the best to you and your writing...love from Beata

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