Residents urged to give opinions on spill impact

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE residents are being urged to attend a public meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the impact of the oil spill and other pollution issues surrounding the operation of the port.

The meeting has been organised by the Concerned Citizens for a Cleaner Gladstone.

Spokesperson Graham McVean said the meeting would start at 7pm at the Country Plaza International Hotel on Goondoon Street.

'We want to bring a number of issues out into the open,' he said. 'Of course on everyone's mind is the oil spill and the response by the authorities to clean it up

'At the moment there is still 10 tonnes unrecovered and we want to know what is being done to clean that up.

'And of course the impact of the oil spill on the fishing industry hasn't been discussed nor the compensation procedures for those whose businesses have been impacted by the spill.'

Mr McVean said residents were entitled to know the full impact of Central Queensland Ports Authority.

'The CQPA must become responsible citizens,' he said.

'We need to have sensible monitoring of the pollution generated by the port.

'We do not want to limit the CQPA in any way but at the moment it would appear the health and well-being of Gladstone residents is being sacrificed for the state and the nation.'



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