Abbot Point decision delayed
FEDERAL Environment Minister Mark Butler has delayed a decision on the expansion and dredging of the Abbot Point coal terminal for three more months.
Mr Butler said a number of reports had only just been delivered to him, which would potentially impact on the assessment.
"[But] this does not pre- vent a decision being made earlier if I believe I have enough information to make an informed decision," he said.
If approved, the dredging would clear the way for the development of the world's largest coal port at Abbot Point, less than 50km from the Whitsunday islands.
The Fight for the Reef campaign believes approval of the proposal would be disastrous for the Great Barrier Reef, sending the natural icon a step further down the path towards being placed on an international World Heritage list of shame.
Abbot Point Action Group spokesperson (APAG) Maria Macdonald, who spoke at last week’s Fight for the Reef event at the Whitsunday PCYC, said APAG was pleased with the extension of time.
"We will continue working to inform our community with the facts and science. The newly released study on dredging shows the impacts to be far worse than previously mo- delled and the public needs to become informed," she said.
Meanwhile, politicians remain divided. Although the decision was welcomed by Greens candidate for Dawson Jonathon Dykyj, Labor candidate Bronwyn Taha and LNP member George Christensen have expressed concerns.