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The people of Cairns thrown under the BUS by LABOR AND TTNQ—-NO DREDGING—–“I’ve heard that loud from the tourism sector and we’re working with the current proponents to do that.” The CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Alex de Waal, said there were other options. “One particular type of cruise operation we are interested in attracting are boutique operations that are based in port here,” he said. “So if we can get a cruise operation based here that is going to offer a far better return than some of the larger ships that perhaps can’t get in if we don’t dredge the actual port.”


Queensland Government keen to find alternative to Trinity Inlet dredging to grow Cairns cruise market

Posted Fri at 12:34pm

Queensland’s Tourism Minister says she is confident the cruise industry can grow in the far north without deepening Trinity Inlet in Cairns.

The Government said it would not support dredging as part of the Cairns Shipping Project, despite lobbying by local leaders and the business community.

Earlier this year, it rejected a Ports North proposal to dredge almost 4.5 million cubic metres of spoil from Trinity Inlet.

Minister Kate Jones said that did not mean Ports North would not be able to create new opportunities in the lucrative cruise ship market.

“I’m not responsible for allowing the approvals side of that process but what I can say in my discussions with the relevant Minister is that they’re at the table with the proponents to see if there is a way that we can deliver this that protects the environment, so it stacks up environmentally but also delivers for this industry,” she said.

She said while the Government’s policy on dredging near the Great Barrier Reef was clear, an alternative plan may be possible.

“We support growing the cruise ship terminal, cruise ship industry here in Queensland and we are working with proponents both here in Cairns and the Gold Coast,” she said.

“We want to see an expansion of cruise ships here in Queensland and the industry.

“I’ve heard that loud from the tourism sector and we’re working with the current proponents to do that.”

The CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Alex de Waal, said there were other options.

“One particular type of cruise operation we are interested in attracting are boutique operations that are based in port here,” he said.

“So if we can get a cruise operation based here that is going to offer a far better return than some of the larger ships that perhaps can’t get in if we don’t dredge the actual port.”

He said he welcomed continuing negotiations about the Cairns Shipping Project.

“I think everybody agrees as long as that development does not incur any negative impact on the reef then absolutely and I think everybody’s on the same page,” he said.

“We want to protect the reef. We’re actively investing in protecting the reef and if we can, concurrent to that, allow for the expansion of the tourism industry through expansion of port facilities, then that needs to be facilitated.”


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Let’s dump Great Barrier Reef dredging myths: authority chief—————-The reality is that disposal of dredge material of this type in the Marine Park is not new. It has occurred off nearly all major regional centres along the reef’s coastline before now. It is a highly regulated activity and does not allow material to be placed on coral, seagrass or sensitive marine environments. The material itself in Abbot Bay is about 60% sand and 40% silt and clay, which is similar to what you would see if you dug up the site where the material is to be relocated. In addition, testing by accredited laboratories shows the material is not toxic, and is therefore suitable for ocean disposal.


 

Millions of people from Australia and overseas have a fierce desire to protect one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. As the independent body managing the Great Barrier Reef for future generations, all of us at the Authority understand and share that desire: it’s what makes us want to come to work every day.

But the debate about Abbot Point has been marked by considerable misinformation, including claims about “toxic sludge”, dumping coal on the reef and even mining the reef. Late last week, it was confirmed that our decision to allow the dredge disposal will be challenged in court.

So what’s true, and what’s not? I hope with this article, I can clear up some of those misunderstandings on behalf of the Authority, particularly about our role, the nature and scale of the dredge disposal activity, and its likely environmental impacts.

 

 

Let’s dump Great Barrier Reef dredging myths: authority chief.


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QUEENSLAND Labor throw Bikies under the BUS——South Australia LABOR like Newmann VLAD laws——South Australia Parliament to be used to declare outlaw motorcycle gangs illegal | The Advertiser————But new Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has not indicated Labor will definitely remove the offence from the criminal code, saying the Government will not base any decisions on specific court cases.


 

THE State Government will declare more than 27 bikie gangs “criminal organisations” under new serious crime laws.

Advertiser.com.au can reveal the groups include well-known motorcycle gangs the Mongols, Rebels and Hells Angels as well as other lesser-known racially-motivated hate gangs.

As well as declaring these groups “criminal organisations”, the laws also specify certain premises that declared group members would be banned from attending and prevents two or more members of any of the declared groups meeting in public.

The new laws would make politicians the decision makers rather than the courts because the Government and police say the current court process is too slow and complex.

Moves to introduce similar laws through the courts since 2008 have lead to numerous legal challenges, including appeals to th

 

MARCH 2015:Attorney-General John Rau announces his intention to introduce laws that allow State Parliament, rather than the courts, to declare bikie gangs criminal organisations. Follows Queensland anti-bikie laws that were confirmed by the High Court.

 

 

South Australia Parliament to be used to declare outlaw motorcycle gangs illegal | The Advertiser.


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Greens voters thrown under the BUS by Queensland Labor—-Queensland Government can’t have its reef and dredge it too———————-Now we have seen just how little distance they’ve put between themselves and their predecessor. Yesterday morning the government sent out expressions of interest for companies to begin dredging at Abbot Point, the coal port next to the reef. They plan to pay companies to dredge in Reef waters, despite pre-election promises to the contrary.”


Six months ago, the Palaszczuk Government was elected in one of the biggest swings in Australian political history. Its mandate? Protect the Great Barrier Reef from one of the world’s biggest polluting coal projects and restore integrity to Queensland politics.

Now we have seen just how little distance they’ve put between themselves and their predecessor. Yesterday morning the government sent out expressions of interest for companies to begin dredging at Abbot Point, the coal port next to the reef. They plan to pay companies to dredge in Reef waters, despite pre-election promises to the contrary.”

It was the first clear sign their loyalty lies not with the people of Queensland, but with millionaire miner and big polluter, Gautam Adani.

This isn’t just your typical broken promise. This is a decision to contribute to the destruction of one of our greatest natural wonders, and further pollute our air and water with carbon.

 

 

 

 

Queensland Government can’t have its reef and dredge it too.


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Case update: Abbot Point dredging | Edo QLD


 

 

 

 

case update: Abbot Point dredging

25 JUNE 2015

Update:

The matter was called back before the Court for a directions hearing on 25 June 2015, however the Court vacated the hearing and made consent orders adjourning the matter once again. The case is set down for a further directions hearing at 9.30 am on 5 November 2015, at which point the most recent proposal for dredging and onshore disposal of dredge spoil on the Terminal 2 site may have been decided by the Minister.

Background:

In essence, this case is a direct challenge by the Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) to the approval and conditions Minister Hunt placed on the controversial dredging at Abbot Point.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited (NQBP) applied for Minister Hunt’s approval under theEnvironment Protection and Biodiversity Protection Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) to undertake a program of dredging and dumping near Abbot Point to facilitate development of three new proposed port terminals: Terminal 0, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. These terminals are being developed to increase the capacity of the Port of Abbot Point to export coal from proposed coal mines in the Galilee Basin. The planned mines, rail infrastructure and coal ports are being developed by mining companies including Adani Enterprises, GVK Hancock, and Waratah Coal.

The project proposes to dredge 3,000,000 m3 of seabed near Abbot Point, destroying 180 hectares of seagrass and to dump the dredged material approximately 24 km offshore from Abbot Point in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Approval was given by the Minister on 10 December 2013. The approval decision is available here.

MCG, represented by EDO Qld lawyers, is challenging this decision in the Federal Court under theAdministrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth). It is claiming there were a number of alleged errors of law in Minister Hunt’s EPBC Act approval. Of particular importance to the case are the requirements unders137 of the EPBC Act, that the Minister’s decision cannot be inconsistent with the World Heritage Convention(Convention) or the Australian World Heritage Management Principles (Principles). Among the many potential grounds of review identified in relation to the decision is that the Minister’s decision is unlawful because it is inconsistent with the Convention and the Principles, and it was premised on an erroneous construction of the requirements of s137.

In short, this case will require the Court, for the first time since the EPBC Act came into force in July 2000, to consider how the Convention and the Principles affect the Minister’s decision making powers in relation to Australia’s World Heritage properties. The case is expected to be of interest to members of the World Heritage Committee because it is the EPBC Act which enshrines the requirements of the World Heritage Convention in law in Australia.

At the first directions hearing on Friday 2 May 2014, the Court ordered that NQBP be joined as a party to the proceedings. Monday 21 July 2014, EDO Qld Solicitors, for the Mackay Conservation Group, filed in Court:

  1. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information;
  2. A report on water quality and offsetting issues by Scientist Jon Brodie
  3. A report on the hydrodynamic modelling and dredge and disposal plume issues by Engineer Brett Miller
  4. A report on climate change issues prepared by Professor Michael Raupach; and
  5. A report on climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

On 25 September the Federal Court agreed to adjourn the hearing. The hearing dates were abandoned, and the matter was set down for review on 31 October. EDO Qld, on behalf of MCG, was successful in arguing for adjournment due to the uncertainty created by consideration of land based disposal methods – as this could substantially change the nature of the case.

Access to the Federal Court efile is also publicly available.

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NOTE: NQBP required separate approvals for the dumping of dredge material under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 (Cth)) and for carrying out dumping activities in the GBR Marine Park (under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cth)).  These were both granted on 31 January 2014. The approval under the Sea Dumping Act is the subject of a current separate action in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, being taken by North Queensland Conservation Council. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

Case update: Abbot Point dredging | Edo QLD.


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Labor and Green Hypocrisy —-No dredging in Cairns but TAXPAYER to pay for dredging in ABBOT POINT——-Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project——–Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, behaviors, virtues, motivations, or other characteristics that one does not actually hold—————–The Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres in situ of seabed. Adani’s proposed dredging area is approximately 61 hectares of seabed within port limits, outside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.-


Known as the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project, Adani’s dredging and construction works are a key component of the Abbot Point port expansion.

If approved, this project will increase the port’s capacity from 50 to 120 million tonnes per annum. This will ensure it can meet export requirements from the Galilee Basin.

Project overview

The Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres in situ of seabed. Adani’s proposed dredging area is approximately 61 hectares of seabed within port limits, outside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

In comparative terms, the proposed dredging footprint is tiny compared to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’s nearly 35,000,000 hectares.

The proposed dredging site is 19 and 30 kilometres away from the nearest coral communities (PDF icon 945 KB). Scientific modelling has found that sediment will be highly localised to the dredging site and will not impact these coral communities.

This dredged material will be placed on vacant industrial land (PDF icon 3.6 MB) at the port, next to the existing coal terminal.

On-the-ground studies and investigations are underway and will contribute to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These findings will be made available to the public.

Project status

On 17 April 2015, the Queensland Government lodged an application with the Commonwealth Department of the Environment to begin the approval process for Adani’s dredging and onshore placement works.

The Commonwealth Government has considered this application under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and determined that a full EIS is required for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project.

As part of this process, the draft EIS will be open for public comment later in 2015, for at least 20 business days.

Adani, not Queensland taxpayers, is meeting the costs of the approval and investigation processes.

For the latest information on the Port of Abbot Point, visit us on twitter @abbotpoint or subscribe to receive project updates.

 

 

 

 

Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project.


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Do you think Queensland should be split into two states?———-: Is it time for Central Queensland to become a state? | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin——————In 1928 the longing to break from southern Queensland was still evident with a letter to The Morning Bulletin stating: “The time must come when the district would be separated from the Brisbane octopus.” The move was once again supported in 1958, when almost 30,000 people signed a petition for a referendum to form a new Central Queensland state——————–This is about staying together as a country, it’s not about separating,” Mr Canavan said. Mr Canavan said there was already provision to create new states in the constitution. While Mr Canavan said there were people who may reject the idea of more bureaucracy, he said it was important to start a discussion about the possibility of new states.


 

S IT time to turn the Beef Capital into the State Capital?

That’s the question Rockhampton LNP Senator Matt Canavan posed yesterday as he renewed a call for Australia to consider new states which could better represent the population.

Mr Canavan said creating a new state in Queensland’s north could see the area and its population given greater representation at a national level.

It was an issue he also raised during his first day as a Senator last year.

Should the Beef Capital become a state capital for a new state?

  • Yes

  • No

Current Results

Yes – 47%

No – 52%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

“I think government closer to the people is the best form of government,” he said.

“A state of North Queensland would help us to be masters of our own destiny.”

Mr Canavan said currently, the leaders meeting for each Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting was based in metropolitan areas.

He said a regional-based government would help give the people of those electorates a louder voice when it came to national issues.

Do you think Queensland should be split into two states?

  • Yes

  • No

Current Results

Yes – 44%

No – 55%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

“This is about staying together as a country, it’s not about separating,” Mr Canavan said.

Mr Canavan said there was already provision to create new states in the constitution.

While Mr Canavan said there were people who may reject the idea of more bureaucracy, he said it was important to start a discussion about the possibility of new states.

The idea of creating new states is not a new one, particularly in Central Queensland.

According to a history of Rockhampton and surrounds written by Lorna McDonald, the city’s historic Kenmore House, now part of the Mater Hospital complex, was to be Government House for a proposed Central Queensland colony in the 1890s.

In 1928 the longing to break from southern Queensland was still evident with a letter to The Morning Bulletin stating: “The time must come when the district would be separated from the Brisbane octopus.”

The move was once again supported in 1958, when almost 30,000 people signed a petition for a referendum to form a new Central Queensland state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLL: Is it time for Central Queensland to become a state? | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.

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