Extra 274ha on island protected

INDUSTRY encroachment created environmental protection yesterday when the Queensland Government announced an extra 274 hectares of protected land on Curtis Island.

Speaking at the Golding Industry Conference in Gladstone, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe unveiled plans to change the boundaries of the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA) to preserve more of the environment.

Under the proposal, Kangaroo Island (16.15km NW off Gladstone) would be wholly redesignated as an Environmental Management Precinct and public access to Ship Hill on Curtis Island would be returned to the community.

“These proposed changes are about fine tuning the GSDA's boundaries to strike the right balance between providing for significant industry development and environmental preservation,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

The proposed environmental precinct relates to the extension of an infrastructure corridor for LNG pipelines from the Bruce Highway to Friend Point, through the mainland GSDA.

Mr Hinchliffe said the existing Materials Transportation and Services Corridor had to be widened for proposed infrastructure.

“The 189ha Kangaroo Island would be wholly protected and an extra 85ha added to the existing precinct on Curtis Island.”

A public consultation and information session will be held in Gladstone on Tuesday and Wednesday.



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