Greens: Government’s Ports Strategy is Atrocious News for GBR

The Newman Government’s Queensland Ports Strategy, released last week, is an invitation to the World Heritage Committee to place the Great Barrier Reef on the list of World Heritage Sites ‘In Danger’, announced greensmps.org.au.

We already have 20 ports on the Queensland coast where dredging will continue, and this strategy now allows expansion of five of those ports – this is atrocious news for the Great Barrier Reef,”  Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“This strategy acts like an invitation to put the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list.

“The new faux restriction on dredging has so many loopholes it’s useless. It won’t apply to any of the damaging dredging already applied for which is the very dredging that UNESCO was concerned about.

“And the strategy mentions offshore dumping of dredged sludge just once, to say it will be up to the ports to manage.

“Dredge spoil doesn’t need to be dumped into the Reef at all – it’s only because it’s cheaper for the big mining companies than disposing on land that it’s happening.

“Moreover, the Gladstone Harbour inquiry showed that compliance with environmental conditions of port dredging and dumping was grossly inadequate.”

Press Release, June 9, 2014

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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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