AMCS: Protest Against Abbot Point Port Plans (Australia)

Community members, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Australian Marine Conservation Society will hold a Great Barrier Reef-themed beach party outside Lend Lease’s Annual General Meeting today to start a conversation with shareholders about the company’s proposed investment in Abbot Point coal port in Queensland.

They will also present a letter signed by more than 18,000 Australians and 36 community organisations that calls on Lend Lease to withdraw their interest in financing and building the Abbot Point port development and its impacts on the climate and Great Barrier Reef.

Lend Lease is regarded as an industry leader in sustainability. However it has lodged an expression of interest in funding and building the AP X coal terminal which would increase coal mining, fuel dangerous climate change and require dredging and dumping in the Reef’s World Heritage Area.

According to Australian Youth Climate Coalition Campaigner Gemma Borgo-Caratti, involvement in this project would be at odds with Lend Lease’s environmental record.

Lend Lease should be congratulated for being an industry leader on sustainability – and that’s why we are so concerned that the company is considering a project that would greatly damage the Great Barrier Reef and fuel dangerous climate change,” Ms Borgo-Caratti said.

“We are at the AGM to ask the company to act in the best interests of its shareholders, listen to concerns of scientists, local tourism operators, the fishing industry and communities and reject financing Abbot Point and its impacts.

“In recent weeks, BHP Billiton has pulled out of its proposed investment in Abbot Point. Lend Lease should follow this example and do the same,” she said.

Press Release, November 15, 2013

 

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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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