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  • 14 January 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Greens will move to establish a Senate Inquiry into the Gladstone Harbour environmental disaster when federal Parliament next sits in February. “With more revelations about toxic leaks from the bund wall and the impacts of dredging on water quality being exposed, now more than ever, we need an independent inquiry into the Gladstone […]

  • 27 August 2014
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) yesterday welcomed acknowledgment from Federal MP for Dawson, Mr George Christensen, that he ‘had it wrong’ about dumping dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion. “It is highly commendable to see any politician publicly change their stance like this,” said AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Felicity Wishart. […]

  • 3 February 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian and Queensland Governments yesterday released the 2014 State Party Report on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area which highlights the significant progress being made to improve the management, health and protection of this amazing iconic area. This progress report has been delivered to the World Heritage Committee meeting currently underway and demonstrates […]

  • 16 March 2015
    Business & Finance

    The Federal Government is taking the next vital step to protect the Great Barrier Reef with the release of details of the plan to ban capital dredge material disposal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. “We are delivering on our commitment to end this century-old practice. This demonstrates our commitment to the Reef and […]

  • 30 May 2014
    Research & Development

    The Queensland Resources Council, in media stories, is selectively citing pre-existing problems in order to divert efforts from addressing the fastest growing new threat to the Great Barrier Reef – industrialisation, Australian Marine Conservation Society reported. Felicity Wishart, Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director, said a new research paper did not consider proposed new and expanded […]

  • 30 October 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Greens today called for changes to prohibit people with coal and gas interests from sitting on the Great Barrier Reef’s management board, and backed calls for the Abbott Government to pause port approvals until the inquiry into conflicts of interest is completed. “Big coal and gas should get their hands off the Reef, […]

  • 17 January 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    QTIC has joined with three other peak tourism industry associations in Queensland to express grave concerns to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) over the consideration to dump 3.5 million cubic metres of port dredge from Abbot Point Coal Port into the waters of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. The Association […]

  • 15 March 2012

    Marking the last day of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee visit to Australia protesters descended on Gladstone Harbour and stopped dredging. Mark (Potts) Driscoll chained himself to the harbour dredge Razende Bol and Rotterdam boat, shutting down the controversial development of the Coal Seam Gas LNG port facility on Curtis Island in Gladstone Queensland. Potts […]

  • 16 August 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Greens have launched a $176 million rescue package to protect the Great Barrier Reef from mining. “The Great Barrier Reef is under pressure like never before with UNESCO warning the reef could be added to the international list of World Heritage sites in danger by next year,” Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said. […]

  • 18 June 2012

    The Queensland Government has reaffirmed its support for the Great Barrier Reef announcing all financial commitments for improving its water quality are on track to be delivered. Premier Campbell Newman said the Government was dedicated to restoring the Reef’s health. “The Great Barrier Reef is a Queensland icon, worth around $5 billion a year to […]

  • 12 November 2014
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) reaffirmed its concern that the state and federal governments are failing to put the welfare of the Great Barrier Reef first, after more evidence has emerged of fast tracking plans for port expansion at Abbot Point. Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said comments made by the […]

  • 29 July 2013

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society has slammed a new multi-million dollar advertising campaign by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association that will muddy the waters over the protection of special places like the Great Barrier Reef from massive industrialisation. APPEA’s campaign attacks environmental safeguards and promotes fast tracking resource projects like those that have […]

  • 6 June 2014

    Five mega ports will be allowed along the Queensland coast, mainly in areas near the Great Barrier Reef. Abbot Point, one of the world’s biggest coal terminals, has been declared a port development priority area. The declaration comes only six months after green groups lost a battle to stop Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority […]

  • 9 July 2013

       The Australian Greens are urging Environment Minister Butler to reject the dredging and dumping proposal for the Abbot Point coal port expansion before the election, after he deferred a decision on the project today. “The Abbot Point coal port expansion would see up to 3 million cubic metres of sediment dumped in our precious […]

  • 18 December 2013
    Business & Finance

    Despite the protestations of Queensland’s Deputy Premier, dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s waters will cause damage including to the seagrass beds at Abbot Point which will be ripped up if dredging goes ahead, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director, Felicity Wishart, said the dredging process […]

  • 5 June 2013

    The peak representative body for minerals and energy sector companies in Queensland has welcomed the commitment of Australian and international scientists to support ongoing protection of the Great Barrier Reef as a place of Outstanding Universal Value on the World Heritage register. Responding to a joint statement by scientists collected by environmental group WWF, Queensland […]

  • 18 June 2013
    Business & Finance

    The World Heritage Committee has today strengthened its warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be added to the World Heritage list of sites in danger at its meeting in Cambodia. “The World Heritage Committee has stepped up its warning, expressing concern over ongoing coastal development and giving the government one last chance – one […]

  • 4 June 2012

    Turbidity data released today by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) show that GPC has breached its Environmental Authority again by exceeding the turbidity limit for five days running, and government must now intervene to protect the Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. “This is symptomatic of everything that’s wrong with our management of […]

  • 1 July 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Greens today welcomed Mark Butler’s appointment to the environment portfolio, calling on him to commit to acting on key environment issues where Labor has been all talk and no action in the past. “Labor has been all talk and no action on protecting national parks from logging, mining and grazing and on protecting […]

  • 22 October 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society has called on Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to reject the proposed Arrow gas processing plant on Curtis Island – the largest island in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said this would be the fourth LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant […]

  • 2 September 2013
    Business & Finance

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell has welcomed the Coalition’s plan to take a strategic, long-term approach to protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Mr Powell said the Newman Government had taken action to fix Labor’s poor decisions at a state level and was confident measures outlined in Reef Plan 2050 would significantly […]

  • 30 April 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Greens condemned the LNP Government’s misguided attacks on Great Barrier Reef campaigners and their calls to boycott Ben and Jerry’s for its Reef anti-dredging campaign. “Rather than acknowledge the peril the Great Barrier Reef is in, the LNP is attacking people who want this natural wonder protected not trashed by the coal and […]

  • 14 May 2013
    Business & Finance

    The Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance (KAFDA), a community group based in central Queensland opposing port development in the Fitzroy Delta, have welcomed the announcement that GlencoreXstrata have dumped plans to build a coal export terminal on Balaclava Island in the Fitzroy Delta, but call on further action to reject other coal ports proposed for […]

  • 20 May 2014
    Business & Finance, Equipment, Technology

    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed the decision by the Australian Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) to issue a legal challenge to the decision to dump three million cubic metres of dredge spoil in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Felicity Wishart, AMCS Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said that this challenge […]

  • 25 March 2015
    Business & Finance

    The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Dredge Synthesis Panel Report confirms that dredging has damaging impacts and the full extent of the long-term impacts is unknown. “The report confirms there are still significant knowledge gaps and uncertainty about the impacts of dredging in the Great Barrier Reef,” said Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson. […]

  • 13 November 2012

    Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, will host a public meeting in Gladstone tonight to discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef, and the tourism and fishing industries that depend on it. The rash of port developments planned for the coastline could result in 55 Melbourne Cricket Grounds worth of dredging, with some […]