State Opposition leader Campbell Newman visits Gladstone at the Gladstone Fish Market.
State Opposition leader Campbell Newman visits Gladstone at the Gladstone Fish Market. Brenda Strong

Can-do tucks into the can of worms

STATE Opposition Leader Campbell Newman has not ruled out a review to environmental impact statement conditions for projects in and around Gladstone Harbour.

Mr Newman made an unexpected visit to Gladstone yesterday.

At a conference on the Sunshine Coast on Monday, he was asked by Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou if he intended to reinvestigate the health issues in the Gladstone Harbour and review the conditions of the environmental impact statements (EIS) for developments in the harbour, to which he indicated he would not rule out either option.

Mr Newman told Ms Papavasiliou he would be visiting Gladstone within the next week or so.

At a press conference yesterday Mr Newman confirmed that both options were on the table.

"I say this, we will get to the bottom of the problem," he said.

"That's a matter for us to evaluate.

"First we've got to become the government, then we've got to do the work to get to the bottom of these issues in the way that I've said and then we'll know where we are," he said.

At the same conference yesterday, premier Anna Bligh told Ms Papavasiliou that testing would continue until answers were known, and the public would be made aware of all results.

Ms Bligh also conceded the entire issue had been hindered by the fact communication had not been to the standard it should have been when the issue emerged.



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