WIN FOR ENVIRONMENT: Ginny Gerlach, of KAFDA, says her group can now work towards long-term protection of the Fitzroy Delta.
WIN FOR ENVIRONMENT: Ginny Gerlach, of KAFDA, says her group can now work towards long-term protection of the Fitzroy Delta. Chris Ison

Cap Coast conservationists happy as coal port project lapses

THE Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance has welcomed news that the Mitchell Group's Fitzroy Terminal Project coal port for the Fitzroy Delta area and transhipping proposal in the exposed waters of Keppel Bay has not presented to the government an environmental impact statement (EIS) within the two-year deadline for doing so.

As a consequence, the project has lapsed and can no longer be pursued.

KAFDA spokeswoman Ginny Gerlach said this was great news for the community.

"The lapsing of this project paves the way for the Queensland and Australian governments to uphold the recommendations of the recent UNESCO report and work towards long-term protection of the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay and North Curtis Island," Ms Gerlach said.

"KAFDA has represented the community's concerns with regard to the inappropriateness of any proposed port development in the Fitzroy Delta area for the past two-and-a-half years and has had the support of both the Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and the Member for Keppel Bruce Young, together with the entire Livingstone Shire Council led by Mayor Bill Ludwig."

Ms Gerlach said while the many KAFDA volunteers and associated community groups would be celebrating the news, they would continue to work towards long-term protection of the critically sensitive habitat of the Fitzroy Delta.



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