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Fears mega ports will 'industrialise' Great Barrier Reef

Felicity Wishart from the Australian Marine Conservation Society spoke at a Save the Great Barrier Reef protest outside the Queensland Government's executive building in Brisbane.
Felicity Wishart from the Australian Marine Conservation Society spoke at a Save the Great Barrier Reef protest outside the Queensland Government's executive building in Brisbane. Rae Wilson

THE Australian Marine Conservation Society said recent moves by the state government show their intent to industrialise the Great Barrier Reef.

Campaign director Felicity Wishart said publicly available documents submitted by the Queensland government to the senate inquiry show they are refusing to stop projects that will damage the reef.

"The government has said the proposed measures to protect the reef will make new developments take too long and be too expensive," she said.

"It beggars belief that they remain committed to mega ports built in the Fitzroy Delta and at Abbot Point."

Ms Wishart used Gladstone's Curtis Island as an example of disregard for the environment.

"The damage to World Heritage values meted out in Gladstone on Curtis Island demonstrates that current environmental protections are not good enough," she said.

Minister for Environment Andrew Powell described Ms Wishart's actions as scaremongering.

"I am confident that as a government, alongside the federal government, we are doing all that is necessary," he said.

Mr Powell said the state government had scaled back plans for Abbot Point and committed $35 million every year to invest in reef protection, plus established the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.

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