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  • 29 October 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to refuse Gina Rinehart’s massive Kevin’s Corner coal mine tomorrow, as it would be a disaster for the climate and the Great Barrier Reef if approved. “Coal in the Galilee Basin must stay in the ground if we are to deliver a safe climate and a sustainable […]

  • 18 June 2014
    Business & Finance, Project & Tenders

    The Australian Greens congratulated the Royal Bank of Scotland on their recent decision not to finance the Abbot Point coal port expansion, coming just before the World Heritage Committee is due to decide the fate of the Great Barrier Reef. “The Royal Bank of Scotland joins Deutsche Bank and HSBC in announcing that they will […]

  • 3 March 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) last week filed its legal challenge to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to grant a permit for the dumping of 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil in the GBR Marine Park and World Heritage Area. The permit had been requested by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation […]

  • 8 January 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into the leaking bund wall in Gladstone and said no further port development approvals should be allowed on the Reef until the truth about Gladstone is fully understood. Felicity Wishart, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said there had clearly been problems associated […]

  • 28 March 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society and tourism operators called on the Federal Government to end dumping of dredge spoil in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The State and Federal governments have recently fast-tracked the world’s biggest coal port, less than 50kms from the Whitsunday Islands. There are more than 100 million tonnes of […]

  • 31 January 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    Fight for the Reef campaigners said the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt had let down Australians and failed the Reef. GBRMPA today issued a permit to allow three million cubic metres of dredge waste from the expansion of Abbot Point coal port to be dumped in Reef waters. […]

  • 8 October 2013
    Business & Finance

    Conservation groups amended an existing lawsuit yesterday to challenge U.S. funding for a second fossil fuel production and transport facility located inside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The U.S. Export-Import Bank has now committed nearly $5 billion in loans to support construction and operation of the two massive liquefied natural gas facilities. Located […]

  • 18 June 2014
    Business & Finance, Project & Tenders

    The World Heritage Committee has tonight given the Abbott and Newman Governments one more chance to stop destroying the Great Barrier Reef or it will be placed on the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list next year. “This is the third and probably the final warning from the World Heritage Committee for the future of our […]

  • 15 July 2013
    Business & Finance

    The head of North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) stated that the Great Barrier Reef is not under threat by proposed port development. In an opinion piece (see below), NQBP chief executive Brad Fish says port operations and shipping in the marine park are well regulated and the scale of the activity is minor compared to […]

  • 18 August 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Greens are alarmed by a report today that a former coal baron was allowed to dredge in the Great Barrier Reef after donating $150 000 to the Queensland LNP a week before. “It’s clear the big end of town is running the Newman Government at the expense of everyday Queenslanders and the Great […]

  • 8 June 2015
    Business & Finance, Project & Tenders

    Public consultations start this week on an initiative that will drive economic development in and around Gladstone’s port and protect the Great Barrier Reef.  State Development Minister Anthony Lynham today announced public consultation on a proposed boundary for a master planned area for the Port of Gladstone – a key element in the joint Commonwealth-State […]

  • 7 November 2011

    The Great Barrier Reef could be in danger of losing its world heritage status, federal parliament has been told… By Lisa Martin (theage) [mappress] Source: theage, November 7, 2011

  • 11 June 2012

    Capricorn Conservation Council (CCC) welcomes the UNESCO report which expresses “extreme concern” about the rapid increase of coastal developments, including ports infrastructure, in and around the Great Barrier Reef. “Considering the high rate of approvals over the past 12 years, this unprecedented scale of development affecting and potentially affecting the property (Great Barrier Reef World […]

  • 6 June 2013

    JCU researchers are recording underwater sounds in the Great Barrier Reef to help track animal movements and human activities such as shipping. JCU’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) is collaborating with JASCO Applied Sciences, a world leader in the science of industrial underwater noise and its effect on marine life, on the […]

  • 4 June 2012

    Following the release of the United Nations’ World Heritage Council report into the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has reinforced the Newman Government’s commitment to protecting the world’s largest living organism. “The Great Barrier Reef is an important part of Queensland’s extraordinary natural heritage and the LNP Government will […]

  • 6 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society has said Mr Seeney’s comments that the Queensland Government would deal directly with UNESCO will not address the problems created by fast-tracking industrial development along the Great Barrier Reef. Felicity Wishart, Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said the World Heritage Committee wants the Queensland and Federal Governments to end the […]

  • 11 November 2014
    Business & Finance

    Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed Federal Labor’s decision to finally support the banning of dredge spoil being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. “Labor’s decision is nothing short of catch-up,” said Mr Entsch, “considering the current Coalition Government already announced that policy in December last year.” “They had the chance to […]

  • 4 November 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Abbott and Newman Governments are ignoring dwindling global coal demand and the oversupply of ports in Queensland in their push for mega coal mining in the Galilee Basin with export through the Great Barrier Reef. “The Abbott and Newman governments are insanely pushing ahead with their industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef, even though […]

  • 4 September 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Greens will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to the Senate today to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and backdate it so that it is illegal for the Abbot Point offshore dumping to proceed. “The Senate Inquiry established by the Greens into the Great Barrier Reef yesterday tabled […]

  • 2 October 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The old parties have today refused to support an Australian Greens’ motion calling on the Abbott Government to rule out using federal taxpayer funders to pay the big mining companies to dump their dredge sludge on wetlands for the Abbot Point coal port. “The Newman Government wants to use state and federal taxpayer money to […]

  • 4 May 2012

    Less than three weeks after Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell conceded that Gladstone harbour was a mess, he has given Gladstone Ports Corporation a free pass to increase the turbidity churned up in the water by their mass dredging operations. “The ongoing environmental crisis in Gladstone harbour is a disaster for the Gladstone community, an […]

  • 22 December 2015
    Business & Finance, Project & Tenders

    The Palaszczuk Government today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s decision to approve the final environmental impact statement for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that the decision meant that if one or more of the proposed Galilee Basin coal mine projects go ahead, the port could be developed to […]

  • 19 June 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The World Heritage Committee has acknowledged the good work of both the State and Federal Governments while deferring a decision to list the Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’ during its meeting in Qatar. Speaking from Doha where he has been representing the state’s interests, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the committee […]

  • 16 May 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    Abbot Point dredging will not impact the Great Barrier Reef, said North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP). Offshore disposal of dredged material at Abbot Point will have a localised, temporary impact, with recovery in a relatively short period, according to NQBP. [mappress] May 16, 2014

  • 23 January 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis and without decisive action by the Federal government and Queensland State government Australia could be placed on UNESCO’s ‘list of shame’ for not meeting its World Heritage obligations. The situation is so serious that WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society today announced they were combining to launch […]

  • 13 June 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    An independent new scorecard shows the Australian and Queensland Governments have gone backwards in addressing the World Heritage Committee’s major concerns about the Great Barrier Reef. The damning assessment comes just two days before the official start of the crucial World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar, which will consider recommendations that formally express concern […]