News

Gladstone dredging project highlighted in port review

THE Western Basin dredging project has been highlighted in a review of port-related dredging and associated environmental impacts in subtropical and tropical waters.

The Ports Australia-commissioned review was welcomed by the Queensland Resources Council as an authoritative turning point in the debate surrounding management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The QRC said the review made the crucial observation that shipping channels were of equal importance to road and rail networks and that dredging of shipping channels was an essential part of port operation in Australia and globally.

But the Australian Marine Conservation Society, without having seen the report, said there was also the acknowledgement that dredging was having an impact, which needed to be halted to reverse the decline of the reef.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the review didn't pull any punches in calling out the Gladstone Western Basin and Hay Point Departure Path projects for reporting water turbidity impacts significantly greater than those approved or predicted.

"As the report highlights, associated monitoring of seagrass did not indicate any impacts greater than those permitted under the environmental conditions imposed at Gladstone," he said.

"Ports are as vital to Australia's future as they were to its development.

"However, dredging and seabed placement continues to be misrepresented as an environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef by activists whose only objective is to close down Queensland's export coal and gas industries."

But AMCS spokeswoman Felicity Wishart said if there were impacts within the environmental approvals, "that's telling me the government isn't doing enough to protect the reef and it being damaged".

"The environment laws are clearly not strong enough," she said.

Topics:  dredging, environment, gladstone harbour, western basin




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Organisation has DA in to take aged care to the next level

Marie from Eureka Care  Photo Sarah Barnham / The Observer

"We want to be able to provide a greater range of services"

These kids know what to do if they see another child alone

St Francis Xavier primary now has a "Buddy Bench".Esther bourke, 11, ryan whitfield, 10, Sarah Bridgeman, Dannika Wass, 11 and Noah Der Jonckheere.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

IF YOU see a child sitting alone, what do you do?

QLD drug case could prompt Attorney-General action

A-G to to look closely at laws around drug offence sentencing

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Grass fire at Darlymple Dr

Fire truck generic.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Gladstone Fire and Emergency Services officer Graham Smith is working to put out a...

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Cheap, cheap rental in Gladstone

$150/week for 6 Drynan Dr, Calliope

Cheap cheap rental in Gladstone

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"