MP goes in to bat for stalled island development

FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd is pushing Coalition party member and Environment Minister Greg Hunt to approve the Hummock Hill Island Resort development.

The project is waiting for the Federal Department of the Environment to consider issues raised by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Mr O'Dowd said the development would be a positive for Gladstone.

"Even the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority has given it a moderate impact on the environment," he said.

"We have Heron Island Resort as an example. It has not had a bad effect on the environment."

"There are a lot of pluses with 3200 jobs and 700 permanent jobs.

"We have an offer of indigenous people to get jobs and some room for Aboriginal training."

Co-ordinator of the Capricorn Conservation Council, Michael McCabe, said it had been opposed to developments on the island since the 1970s.

"The Gladstone harbour has been developed on the mainland," he said.

"They need to decide to give the coastline a rest from development to protect mangroves, seagrass meadows, dugongs, sea turtles and fish nurseries."



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