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The Public Consultation Period for the Great Barrier Reef Region Strategic Assessment Closes at Midnight Friday 31 January 2014.

Environment  (tags: oceans, pollution, Great Barrier Reef, dredge dumping )

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Teresa W (782)
Friday January 31, 2014, 3:47 am
thank you

David B (38)
Friday January 31, 2014, 12:52 pm
Thanks for the fwd Evelyn... Unfortunately...

Abbot Point Capital Dredging Project

On 10 December 2013 Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved an application by North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) to expand its coal terminal at Abbot Point.

The terminal expansion, the dredging itself and a disposal site were approved by the Minister.
While the dredging activity falls inside port limits and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, it falls outside of the Marine Park
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s role has been to consider a permit application from NQBP to dispose of the dredge material in the Marine Park.


The licence to dump 3 MILLION TONNES of spoil DIRECTLY onto the Reef was granted today (Two other 'sensible' options were presented, but rejected, 1, Dump offshore, beyond the reef or 2. Dump on mainland)... It's now a happening thing!...So much for consulting with the public?

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was appointed to PROTECT the reef!... The CEO appeared in several interviews today and is struggling to give a sensible reason why approval was granted, But Queenslanders are well known to survive on sunshine and BRIBES.

Evelyn B (62)
Friday January 31, 2014, 5:52 pm
The public consultation was supposedly open until midnight of the 31st ... Sounds as though this wasn't respected, David? Wish I (or someone) had known to flag on C2NN sooner ....
INSANE and irresponsible - and the worst part is, it isn't even certain that the demand for coal is going to justify the port enlargement, apparently :( so all the damage may be for no good purpose for anyone - even the "profiteers", one of whome at least has been wearing two hats during the decision-making process, I gather from discussions?)

David B (38)
Friday January 31, 2014, 6:05 pm
Leave it here Evelyn, the more people aware of this, the better. It's not over yet? Even the usually impartial TV channels are down on this, BIG-TIME, as is Greenpeace... See new story:

The Decision to Dump Dredge Spoil Within Australias' World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Is An OUTRAGE!
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