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Port Alma. Sophie Jackson

State firm on port strategy involving Gladstone Harbour

THERE is no chance Port Alma would be removed from the Gladstone Harbour precinct, according to Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, despite acknowledging the two areas had vastly different environmental values and interests.

"It (Port Alma) is mapped as part of the Gladstone port precinct, but it's very different in terms of the environmental issues," he said.

Mr Seeney was met by protesters as he made his way into Yeppoon High School yesterday where he opened the new cyclone shelter.

"We believe port facilities can be developed in Central Queensland in a way that allows the economy to grow and the tourist industry to grow as part of that economy," he said.

A draft ports strategy, released last week, identified both Gladstone Harbour and Port Alma as part of a one-port precinct.

Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance co-ordinator Ginny Gerlach disagreed that the area could have industrial development in a way that protects Keppel Bay. Mr Seeney said it was important people commented on the draft strategy.

"These are the issues that all of us who have an interest in this need to address," he said.

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