Greens Establish Senate Inquiry into Management of GBR (Australia)

The Senate has passed the Greens’ proposal for a Senate Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef today.

“Our Great Barrier Reef is under more pressure than ever before with an onslaught of mining industrialisation and our inquiry will get all of the impacts out into the open,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

Tourism operators from the Whitsundays have come all the way to Canberra today to call on the Abbott Government to stop risking their livelihoods by allowing dredge spoil dumping in the Reef.

“We’ve seen the fishing and tourism industries brought to their knees in Gladstone following dredging and dumping, and now the Abbott Government is threatening Abbot Point, near the Whitsundays, with the same fate.

“The Abbott Government approved 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil dumping at Abbot Point to build the world’s largest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef.

“With five new or expanded ports proposed, and the Abbott and Newman governments at the helm, the Reef is in danger of becoming a dump ground for dredge spoil and a shipping super highway.

“Unsurprisingly, Tony Abbott’s Coalition senators voted against our Reef Inquiry, even though the World Heritage Committee is warning the Reef’s international status could be downgraded to ‘In Danger’.

“An ‘In Danger’ listing would devastate the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry and threaten the jobs of the 63 000 people who rely on a healthy Reef for their employment.

“Our inquiry is an important opportunity to save the Reef and the livelihoods that rely on it by bringing together expert advice and local knowledge to generate a body of evidence that even Tony Abbott won’t be able to ignore,” Senator Waters said.

Press Release, March 25, 2014

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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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