Call to pause de­vel­op­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

A GREEN group wants a mora­to­rium on large-scale coastal de­vel­op­ments in Queens­land un­til the ef­fects of the re­cent floods on dugong habi­tats are known. The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment this week ap­proved a $ 950 mil­lion tourism and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment on Hum­mock Hill Is­land, about 30km south­east of Glad­stone. The is­land is home to en­dan­gered nest­ing tur­tles, dugongs and birds. ‘‘ This ap­proval comes at a time when marine en­vi­ron­ments up and down the Queens­land coast have been dec­i­mated by the re­cent floods,’’ Nick Heath from the con­ser­va­tion group WWF said.

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