The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and WWF-Australia have welcomed the announcement that new laws to restrict sea-dumping and port expansion in the Reef World Heritage Area will be voted on in Queensland Parliament next week.
“We now call on all members of Parliament to support these laws to provide important new safeguards for the Great Barrier Reef,” WWF-Australia Reef Campaigner Louise Matthiesson said.
“Any future capital dredging proposals for Trinity Inlet must undergo a thorough environmental assessment, to make sure any impacts on the marine environment are kept to a minimum.”
AMCS Reef campaign director, Imogen Zethoven, congratulated the Queensland Government for acting on its promise to ban sea-dumping of capital dredge spoil in state waters inside the Reef World Heritage Area, and called for a redoubling of efforts to keep all the remaining promises they made to UNESCO.
Amendments to the Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015 were unveiled yesterday in Cairns by the Queensland Government.