Garrett inspects venture
NOTHING ventured and nothing was gained yesterday when the Federal Environmental Minister Peter Garrett visited Gladstone
Mr Garrett made a quick and quiet visit to Gladstone to see for himself the scope of the GLNG and BGLNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects earmarked for Curtis Island.
The minister took a helicopter flight over Curtis Island to give him a better and deeper understanding of the proposals.
“When I have got a serious scaled proposal coming to me for assessment I generally try and get out and have a look on the ground before all the material reaches me for consideration.”
Mr Garrett said environmental assessments for both projects had been underway for some time and he would be due to make a decision in the coming months.
“Protection of the environment particularly matters of national environment significance that are listed under the national environment legislation is the highest priority for me,” he said.
“I'll look very closely at issues relating to impacts on listed or threatened species.”
The Gladstone community has raised concerns regarding the environmental impacts in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and within the World Heritage Area.
“The key question that needs to be answered is whether or not any activity, including LNG, is likely to have a significant impact on world heritage values as identified in the inscription of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Area itself,” the minister said.
“I will take advice from World Heritage Area experts on that issue in order to be fully informed to make a decision.”