Roanne Karlson looks over plans for the Western Basin project.
Roanne Karlson looks over plans for the Western Basin project. Brenda Strong

GEPG to represent environment

INDUSTRIAL developments in Gladstone, both current and potential, have many Gladstone locals worried about possible social and environmental impacts.

Through this, the Gladstone Environmental Protection Group (GEPG) has formed on the premise of representation for fauna, flora and humans in the region.

Founder of the GEPG Roanne Karlsen said the group intends to formulate a process of dialogue and debate with all parties involved in industry to ensure peace of mind for the community and tourists alike.

“Our mission as a group is to provide a platform for the community to create protection and safety in our region by exhausting all possible means available long term and in the near future,” Ms Karlsen said.

“Our vision is for the region to become a thriving industrial mecca and an environmental oasis at the same time.

“We need assurance from GPC, the LNG proponents and local industry that the stringent safety and security measures put in place are carried out as planned in the years to come.”

Ms Karlsen said as a community representative, the GEPG intends to monitor the progress of dredging and construction in order to dispel concerns of safety and security that people may have.

“The recently approved Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Plan is a case in point,” Ms Karlsen said.

“The impact that this will have is far reaching and long lasting. The dugongs, turtles, dolphins, benthic creatures, birds and all the other fauna and flora in the impacted area will be completely displaced and it’s fair to say eradicated in some areas.

“Although the rudimentary plans are available for all to see, the finer details are what we wish to concern ourselves with.”

Ms Karlsen said the GEPG calls for all the proponents of industry to provide ‘ground-level’ plans to offset the impact and footprint of the LNG industry and to provide a forum and assistance in their future endeavours.

“The GEPG looks forward to a long-term and amicable relationship with all parties involved,” Ms Karlsen said.

To comment or become involved email univharmony@yahoo.com.



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