We must take better care of environment

SUFFICE to say that when it comes to the environment, Australia is misguided.

On a Four Corners program this week, Gladstone was again the focus of the ABC, with a focus on dredging and potential ramifications.

It is clear our town has been recently over-represented on the program, featuring at least once annually since 2011.

Dredging, bund walls, sediment plumes. It's a topic many Gladstone locals are sick of hearing, seeing or learning any more about.

An issue that has plagued our town for years.

But should a government with an overbearing inclination for profit be allowed to govern the world's most valuable natural asset?

The Four Corners program presented by journalist Marian Wilkinson labelled Gladstone as an "environmental fiasco".

No surprises there.

But upon evaluation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Ms Wilkinson exposed the overseeing body as a shambles.

It was revealed on the program that the general manager of the authority, Bruce Elliot, has no background in marine science whatsoever.

So in what world does he become a key figure in an environmental authority in control of the Great Barrier Reef?

Is it a case that the Federal Government has appointed pushovers in the GBRMPA to approve ludicrous and lucrative deals such as Curtis Island and Abbot Point?

If environmental scientists were in positions of power, would the LNG terminals have ever happened?

But more importantly, when will the Australian Government realise the environment is not a left-wing concept, nor a token to be bargained?

It is science, irrefutable science. And it deserves to be recognised as the cornerstone of our ecosystem, of which humans are not immune.

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