REPORT: A graphic showing the Harbour Zones for Environmental Grading.
REPORT: A graphic showing the Harbour Zones for Environmental Grading.

Health of Gladstone harbour inlets a concern

A SNAPSHOT of the quality of Gladstone's waterways shows the estuary and inlet areas are in a worse condition than the harbour itself.

In the pilot 'report card' released by the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership this week, Boat Creek, Auckland Inlet, Calliope Estuary and Boyne Estuary received the lowest scores, while the harbour was deemed "satisfactory".

Environment Minister Andrew Powell put the basic results down to the dry year in Gladstone.

"What we're seeing here is information from the 2013/14 financial year that has been impacted by climatic conditions," he said.

When asked if any of the poorer scores could be attributed to industry activity in the area, Mr Powell said the results would "allow us to look at if there are point source issues that we need to address".

"I have a team of dedicated officers here in Gladstone solely focused on working with our industry to ensure they meet the environmental expectations of the community and the state."

Paul Birch, chair of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership - a forum set up to bring parties together to maintain, and where necessary, improve the health of the harbour - said people didn't need to get carried away with the results.

"They are a pilot finding giving people an idea of what we want to report on next year," he said.

"What it's saying to us at the moment, is the harbour, the environmental side - most of it is in pretty good nick."

"It's satisfactory and it meets water guidelines.

"There's four areas that don't meet water guidelines, which are estuaries and inlets, but there's reasons for that," Mr Birch said.

He wouldn't elaborate on what those reasons were.

"We just need to continue to love our harbour and look after our harbour, whether it be industry, government, community or research groups."

REPORT CARD

  • A = Very Good
  • B = Good
  • C = Satisfactory
  • D = Poor
  • E = Very poor


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