Gladstone port vital to state's prosperity, QRC says
QUEENSLAND Resources Council has made a submission to the Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone, saying there needs to be a focus on activities that actually impact the Great Barrier Reef, rather than emotive reactions to interest group commentary.
In its submission introduction, the QRC said the reef was unquestionably one of the most important features of Australia's biodiversity.
"The resources sector has a very strong social licence to operate interest in preserving the biodiversity of the iconic reef, and our industry recognises that the health of both the reef and the resources sector are intertwined.
"The review into the management arrangements of Gladstone Harbour is a welcome opportunity to look at current and proposed development, the economic benefits that they are already providing and the safety and environmental regulations that are helping to protect the reef and more broadly the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area."
The introduction said the council's position in relation to the reef and industry was that there needed to be a focus on a risk management approach, and on the activities that actually impacted on the reef, rather than populist or emotive reactions to interest group and media commentary.
"The fulfilment of (legal and ethical) obligations and transparent presentation of factual scientific information by industry, governments and the community is essential if this is to occur.
"Ultimately, the Port of Gladstone is the largest multi-cargo port in Queensland in terms of tonnage, and the fourth largest in Australia.
"It is the major bulk commodity port and future LNG hub of Queensland.
"It also caters to all forms of container and general cargoes. Recognition of the Port of Gladstone's intrinsic value to the prosperity of Queensland and its citizens is vital in undertaking this review."