Reef con­cern

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

I WON­DER how Mr Brad Fish, CEO of North Queens­land Bulk Ports can be con­fi­dent of the com­pany's abil­ity to man­age the pro­posed dredg­ing ( Whit­sun­day Times, 11 July 2013, page 7). Our Great Bar­rier Reef is up to 20,000 years old, so 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence seens a lit­tle short for NQBP to claim no long term im­pacts. And Mr Fish's claim to be able to pre­dict and man­age un­pre­dicted im­pacts sounds like mumbo jumbo to me. We have a de­clin­ing min­ing sec­tor, and ur­gent need to in­vest in pro­tec­tion of the reef. Our Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment, Her­itage and Wa­ter, Mark But­ler, should fol­low the pre­cau­tion­ary prin­ci­ple and pro­vide the best pos­si­ble pro­tec­tion for the reef, for­ever. Dr Ros­alie Schultz ALICE SPRINGS

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