WWF Welcomes Palaszczuk’s Commitment to Ban Dumping

WWF-Australia yesterday welcomed Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s comprehensive and ground-breaking policy package to tackle the decline of the Great Barrier Reef.

In particular, WWF said the new commitments to protect the Fitzroy Delta near Rockhampton and to prevent the dumping of dredge spoil on the fragile Caley Valley wetlands at Abbot Point, were a positive move.

The Labor Party’s promise to prohibit port development in the Greater Fitzroy Delta, home of the rare snubfin dolphin, would ensure the massive system of mangroves, wetlands and estuaries would remain relatively untouched,” WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said.

Until recently the Delta was under threat from two major port proposals, so this is a major step toward conserving the region’s values for the future.

Mr O’Gorman said Caley Valley is a nationally significant wetland and supports valuable habitat for rare and threatened migratory waterbirds.

The Queensland Government has proposed that dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port development be dumped on the wetland.

Dumping on the Caley Valley wetlands is not the solution,” Mr O’Gorman said.

WWF has repeatedly called for a longer jetty at Abbot Point to avoid the majority of dredging, with any spoil then placed on land at a less sensitive location.

“We welcome Ms Palaszczuk’s commitment to ban dumping on the wetlands, as well as a full dumping ban in the Reef’s World Heritage waters.”

WWF also commended the Opposition’s renewed commitment yesterday to reinstate key legal safeguards for the Reef – including protection of bushland, coastal protections and water reform.

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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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