AMCS Urges Government to Clarify Its Plans

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has called on the government to clarify its plans for the fast tracking of the proposed Abbot Point dredging, dumping and port expansion.

While a spokesperson for Federal Environment Minister Mr Hunt told The Australian newspaper that the proposals for the dredging in the Reef’s waters and dumping on the sensitive wetlands at Abbot Point would require “a full environmental impact assessment,” this is not true.

Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said that Mr. Hunt’s office was at best confused and at worst being misleading, as the official decision notice clearly states the project will be assessed on “preliminary documentation.”

Under Australia’s environment legislation this is distinctly different to a project being assessed by “Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

It would appear Mr. Hunt’s office is misleading the Australian public about how effectively he will assess the new Abbot Point dredging and dumping plans,” said Ms Wishart.

“The Minister’s decision is supporting the Queensland Government’s fast tracking of Abbot Point port expansion.

“It would appear that the Queensland government is under pressure from the mining industry to fast track this dredging and dumping rather than doing a proper EIS.

“It is not the role of the Federal Environment Minister to give special treatment to the coal companies behind the Abbot Pt dredging; his role is to protect the Reef.

“The Minister should have required a full EIS on the new plans for dredging in the Reef’s waters and the dumping in a Great Barrier Reef wetland. Now he needs to reassure the community that he will not fast track the approvals,” said Ms Wishart.

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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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