Council seeks input on environment

THE Coordinator-General will be asked to visit Gladstone and discuss supplementary environmental impact statements that will collectively impact the region.

Gladstone Regional councillors will invite Queensland Coordinator-General Colin Jensen to visit Gladstone and talk with councillors about the collective impact of projects proposed for the region.

The councillors decided to send the invitation after discussing their concerns of impacts by the proposed Fisherman’s Landing Northern Expansion Project when the project’s SEIS was tabled at yesterday’s meeting.

“The Coordinator-General has responsibility for ensuring that appropriate mitigation actions are required of the proponent to account for the social impacts of the project,” Cr Maxine Brushe said.

“Monetary compensation to state coffers should not count in this equation.”

The councillors raised issues surrounding dredging impacts on the marine environment, effects on commercial and recreational fishing, traffic issues surrounding off-road mine vehicles, loss of seagrass and lack of concrete recreational offsets.

“This project is just one piece of the puzzle, and the cumulative impact of all the proposed industrial developments planned for the harbour and the Gladstone region will have a significant effect on the community,” Mayor George Creed said.



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