Minister visits city as he continues to weigh up projects
FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt is due to visit Gladstone for the first time since the LNP won government, as he continues to weigh up controversial decisions on the Arrow LNG project and the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion.
Mr Hunt will arrive on Wednesday, on his way to Bowen and Abbot Point.
He is also tipped to hear concerns regarding the Arrow process, and will meet the Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, officials from Gladstone Ports Corporation and the council.
The entire visit will last less than three hours.
Mr Hunt will also take a short harbour tour, and will see the effects of recent controversial dredging programs first-hand.
He'll also get an overview of port operations under new Gladstone Ports Corporation chief Craig Doyle.
The Minister's office previously told The Observer that he would be keen to talk to opponents and proponents of the Arrow LNG project, but details are still unknown.
M Hunt recently delayed a final environmental decision on Arrow and Abbot Point, ahead of the Draft Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessments.
Environmental groups who have caught wind of the trip have been keen to talk up their opposition to the Abbot Point project, leaping on revelations that proponent Adani is under investigation from Mr Hunt's office for environmental breaches while carrying out preliminary site works.
Australian Marine Conservation Society's reef campaign manager Felicity Wishart said any decision should be put on hold until investigations were complete.
"Australians need to be reassured that Adani and any company which wants to operate alongside the Great Barrier Reef can be trusted to develop such a sensitive area," she said.