Greens: Government Allows Big Donor to Dredge in GBR

The Australian Greens are alarmed by a report today that a former coal baron was allowed to dredge in the Great Barrier Reef after donating $150 000 to the Queensland LNP a week before.

It’s clear the big end of town is running the Newman Government at the expense of everyday Queenslanders and the Great Barrier Reef,Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

As reported in The Financial Review today, the Queensland environment department approved an amendment to the permit to dredge at Abell Point a week after the owner of the Abell Point marina, Paul Darrouzet, donated $150,000 to the Queensland Liberal National Party.

“The Newman Government needs to stop putting political donations above the environment and transparent decision making.

“Queenslanders won’t stand for big business running the show, as shown by the Premier’s mounting unpopularity.

“The Newman Government should immediately reverse its increase to the threshold for disclosing political donations,” Senator Waters said.

Press Release, August 18, 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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