OFFSET AREA: The Western Basin dredging plan, Gladstone.
OFFSET AREA: The Western Basin dredging plan, Gladstone.

Offset package angers

GLADSTONE environmental campaigners are not satisfied with the latest Gladstone Ports Corporation offset for future developments.

The State Government announced on Friday that 5000 hectares of coastal land would be protected as part of a state approval of the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal project to facilitate the emerging liquefied natural gas industry and other future port facilities.

Campaigner Paul Tooker said it was not satisfactory, as the offset areas were already protected.

“They are not really giving us anything,” he said.

Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive Leo Zussino said the compensation was not determined by the Ports Corporation.

“The compensation was determined by Ecofund, which is a State Government agency,” he said.

“We asked Ecofund to look at a number of areas of high marine ecological value.

“The Ports Corporation negotiated with inter-government agencies for nine months to come up with an acceptable environmental offsets package.”

Mr Zussino said the 5000 hectares offset area had a higher quality of seagrass than that which would be destroyed by the dredging.



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