Abbot Point strategy to create 28,000 jobs, protect reef
A KEY strategy to protect the Great Barrier Reef and create up to 28,000 jobs in Galilee Basin mines has been submitted to the Commonwealth Government for approval.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Planning and Infrastructure Jeff Seeney said the Abbot Point Port and Wetland Strategy would pave the way for dredge material from port development to be used on land instead of disposed at sea.
"Since our election in 2012 we have worked hard to develop a plan that eases Queenslanders concerns about off-shore disposal of dredge material and allows for the sustainable development of a world class port to support Queensland's resources sector," Mr Seeney said.
The Abbot Point Port and Wetland Strategy will:
- Help protect the reef by placing dredge material from port expansion in a defined onshore area rather than at sea
- Secure the future of the port by beneficially reusing dredged material for future development
- Improve the wetlands by preserving and enhancing their ecological value and implementing long-term management plans
- Clearly delineating the boundary between port industry land and wetland protection areas via a rail embankment.
Mr Seeney said pending Commonwealth Government approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Action 1999, construction work on the onshore area will start in January 2015, enabling dredging to start on schedule in March 2015.