Premier Supports ‘Beneficial Reuse and Onshore Disposal’ Plans

The Fight For The Reef campaign today welcomed Premier Campbell Newman’s commitment that his government will “insist” all future dredge spoil will be disposed of onshore and called for the guarantee to be made permanent through a legislated ban.

Asked today about dredging and dumping Mr Newman told journalists: “… it is our strong belief that there should be beneficial reuse of dredged material onshore …. That’s what we want to see for all port development in the future in Queensland.

“In the future … we want to see beneficial reuse and my Government, as long as we’re in Government, we will always be insisting in the future on beneficial reuse and onshore disposal.”

WWF-Australia Reef campaigner Louise Matthiesson said: “We welcome this promise from Mr Newman that dumping dredge spoil in Reef waters will no longer be tolerated and we look forward to working with the Government to place a legal ban on the damaging practice.

“We are seeking clarification and look forward to working with the government on the details of this new policy. If the Queensland and Australian Governments work together to implement a ban on the dumping of dredge spoil in the Reef World Heritage Area, this would be a major step forward in the conservation of this global icon.”

The Fight For The Reef campaign said any new policy must include:

– A ban on dredge spoil dumping in the entire Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, not just the smaller boundaries of the marine park;

– Standards and guidelines for onshore disposal and beneficial re-use including no dumping in sensitive areas such as wetlands;

– Measures to minimize dredging, which also damages the marine environment.

AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Felicity Wishart welcomed the Premier’s acknowledgement that dumping dredge spoil causes damage to the World Heritage Area.

There are plans for up to 100 million tonnes of dredging posing a threat to the Reef’s waters. The science is clear that both dredging and dumping dredge spoil damages the Reef,” she said.

“It’s important to minimize dredging in the first place in order to avoid more harm to the Reef and reduce the volume of spoil that needs to be treated. The Premier’s commitment today should mean no sea dumping from proposed expansions of the ports in Townsville, Cairns, and Gladstone,” Ms Wishart concluded.

Press Release, September 5, 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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