International marine scientist Callum Roberts visited Gladstone yesterday to talk about the importance of marine environments and the threats to the reef from the massive port development in Queensland.
International marine scientist Callum Roberts visited Gladstone yesterday to talk about the importance of marine environments and the threats to the reef from the massive port development in Queensland. Rebecca Davis

Top marine scientist raises ‘Wild West’ concerns for harbour

INTERNATIONAL marine scientist Callum Roberts has labelled Gladstone as the "Wild West of industry".

He was astonished at the size of the Gladstone ports yesterday when he took a boat trip around the harbour with local conservation groups.

"It has changed a huge amount since I was last here 27 years ago" he said.

"It's an enormous port. It has been completely transformed."

The professor, based at the University of York, warned local authorities of the environmental impacts from industry development.

"No one knows what the future will hold as yet," he said.

"It seems like the Wild West of industry here.

"I have great concerns on the impact it will have on areas of astounding beauty and significance."

International marine scientist Callum Roberts speaking with concerned citizen Geoff Bonney and Treasurer of Gladstone Conservation Council Cheryl Watson about the importance of the Reef and the destruction being caused to it by rapid over-development.
International marine scientist Callum Roberts speaking with concerned citizen Geoff Bonney and Treasurer of Gladstone Conservation Council Cheryl Watson about the importance of the Reef and the destruction being caused to it by rapid over-development. Rebecca Davis


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