Claims backed

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IN re­sponse to the let­ter from Dr Ros­alie Schultz in Whit­sun­day Times on 18 July 2013.

Dr Schultz ques­tions how NQBP can make claims that our port op­er­a­tions and ex­pan­sions have had no long term im­pacts on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

I can make th­ese claims Dr Shultz be­cause over the past 30 years NQBP has in­vested mil­lions of dollars into sci­en­tific stud­ies and en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing which has mea­sured im­pacts of port op­er­a­tions and ex­pan­sions in the marine en­vi­ron­ment.

I can make th­ese claims based on re­search from other ex­perts such as the GBRMPA and AIMS which un­der­took the most com­pre­hen­sive reef mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram in the world and con­cluded that coral loss in the last 27 years was due pri­mar­ily to storm dam­age, crown of thorns starfish and bleach­ing, not port op­er­a­tions or ex­pan­sions.

And I can make th­ese claims, Dr Schultz, be­cause since 2002 we have un­der­taken 19 dredg­ing cam­paigns suc­cess­fully, with no long term or un­pre­dicted im­pacts. Our record in re­la­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment of dredg­ing in our ports is with­out blem­ish. Brad Fish CEO, North Queens­land Bulk Ports Cor­po­ra­tion

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