Environment high on CCC list

THE Capricorn Conservation Council has urged voters in Flynn to think about the environment when casting their ballots on Saturday.

CCC co-ordinator Michael McCabe said people needed to think carefully about who will be the most effective candidate to protect our natural environment.

“CCC wrote to the candidates for the major parties asking what they would do about some key concerns in CQ,” Mr McCabe said.

“Candidates were questioned about proposals for: dredging in the Rodds Bay Dugong Sanctuary; threats to rare (snub-fin) dolphins and other species from the Balaclava Island coal port; impacts on the Fitzroy River and Great Barrier Reef from the Nathan Dam.

“Replies were received from all major parties except Labor and indicated varied levels of understanding of the issues and possible actions.

“On the question of dredging the Dugong Sanctuary and the development of a Balaclava Island coal port, the Greens support dugong protection and want to reform the EPBC Act to better protect biodiversity.

“The Coalition stated the need for both projects to comply with the EPBC and World Heritage Acts.

“Regarding Nathan Dam, the Coalition responded that the project would need to meet stringent environmental conditions.”



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