Ending Taxpayer Funding for Adani

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed a decision made by the Australian Labor Party to end taxpayer funding support for the Adani coal mine and port project that will require dredging in the Great Barrier Reef waters and dumping in its precious wetlands.

Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director said that the decision was most welcome and would end a reckless decision by the state government to become a funder of last resort for a project that would cause environmental damage to the Great Barrier Reef and return few economic benefits.

The state government is fast tracking a plan for 3 million tonnes of dredging and dumping for the Abbot Point port expansion for a coal mine that hasn’t been built yet. It has promised around $300 million in handouts to the Indian coal giant Adani, for rail infrastructure to Abbot Point, right through the internationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef,” said Wishart.

It will put at risk the Reef’s tourism industry, which is worth $6 billion and supports 69,000 jobs because people don’t want to come from around the world to see coal ports, dredged waters and massive ships. The World Heritage Committee has expressed concern about this port expansion and the world’s biggest international finance houses are saying this project is just too risky,” added Wishart.

Even the mining industry is saying this special treatment will cost jobs in their industry. Subsidising damage to the Reef with taxpayers funds is not a strong choice; it’s a reckless approach that will damage Queensland’s most precious natural asset,” said 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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