Business

Minister to visit Gladstone to talk about Arrow LNG plant

An aerial view of Curtis Island, Gladstone.
An aerial view of Curtis Island, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt is set to visit Gladstone to talk to proponents and opponents of the Arrow LNG plant after pushing back a decision on whether to approve the plant to December 13.

The minister was due to make a decision on Wednesday on whether or not the project met federal guidelines on the environment, a key hurdle in getting the project up, but elected to give himself more time.

Mr Hunt's office denied the delay was a deferral, but instead part of a considered process.

"The previous Labor government deferred decisions," a spokesperson said.

"By contrast we agreed on a three-stage methodical process with Queensland after the election."

This includes the release of the Queensland Ports Strategy, the release of the Draft Barrier Reef Strategic Assessments, and the consideration of environmental regulation matters in light of the two overviews.

As part of the process the minister will visit Gladstone to talk to all concerned parties, although the minister's office was unable to put an exact date on when he would appear.

However, the office said it expected Mr Hunt to make a decision on the fate of the project "well in advance" of the timeline given.

Environmental groups are sure to want an audience with Mr Hunt when he does come to town, and they took the opportunity afforded by the delay to press the minister to deny approval altogether.

"The reef didn't need another deferral from the government today - this threat of even further industrialisation of the largest island within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area needed to be ruled out once and for all," Greens Senator Larissa Waters said.

"No amount of extra information will change the fact that Arrow's plans involve one million tonnes of dredging, will impact the dugong feeding areas and precious turtle nesting sites on the southern tip of World Heritage Curtis Island, and will send more mega-ships through the reef like it's a highway."

The Arrow LNG plant would be the fourth on Curtis Island, and have a capacity of 18 million tonnes of LNG a year, and include additional dredging works.

Arrow LNG declined to comment on the delay.

Topics:  arrow energy, curtis island, environment, gas, larissa waters, lng, resources




Magistrate sends man's 'serious' sex act case to district court

FILE PHOTO: Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon St.

Sex intruder case 'serious', goes to District Court

Busy Gladstone facility to receive $3m revamp

Community and youth development officer Bec Frost is really happy about the new funding for the PCYC. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

The expansion will boost jobs too, with a "locals first” focus.

Bail refused for man accused of having 7.6g ice in car

FILE PHOTO: A drug analysis has yet to be completed but Gladstone man David Johnson has been charged with having 7.6g of ice.

Bail refused for fencer after police find ice in his car

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"