AMCS: Both Governments Ignore Their Responsibility (Australia)

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has expressed alarm following comments made by former Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke that the Queensland government asked him to ignore risks to the health of the Great Barrier Reef, as revealed on AM Agenda yesterday.

Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said the State government’s policies are putting port development ahead of environmental protection or good economic sense.

“The Queensland government continues to fast track the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef with plans for five mega ports, dredging, dumping and increased shipping along the Reef’s coastline,” Ms Wishart said.

The Queensland government is pushing to expand existing ports which are not currently fully utilised, many of which we may never need, but will damage the Reef.

“The Federal government is now preparing to abandon their responsibility and pass approval powers for major developments to Queensland. This is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

“Governments have a role to protect the Reef. The Queensland government is saying that they don’t want to protect the Reef, and the federal government are now walking away for the job.

“Both governments are ignoring their responsibility to the people who elected them because no one was elected on a platform to ruin the Reef.”

Press Release, October 21, 2013

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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