Reclaiming of land begins
THE reclamation of ocean to turn into land began at Fisherman’s Landing yesterday.
The Gladstone Ports Corporation threw the first rock for the construction of a bund wall which will create more than 150ha of new land to service the developing liquefied natural gas industry.
The reclaimed land will enable an additional six wharves to be built alongside the existing facility to support future industry demand.
GPC general manager special projects Mark Greenaway said the development is about creating access to the harbour for future industry.
“We have commenced the construction of the bund wall which is about building an area that will accept dredge spoil from the Curtis Island LNG plants,” he said.
“As we go through and open the channel up it will allow the LNG proponents to access their plants with ships.”
The reclamation will cover two deepwater seagrass meadows with the GPC admitting that protected species such as turtles and dugongs may be affected.
Mr Greenaway said managing the environment has been a key element of the project.
“When the bund wall is finally enclosed the GPC have to develop a plan that is approved by the relevant government agencies to make sure the bund wall and the sea life cohabitates together when we close it off.”