Resource council boss visits Airlie Beach
THE Queensland Resources Council’s boss visited Bowen and Airlie Beach last Friday.
The mining industry-funded council's chief executive Michael Roche met with tourism operators as part of the council's campaign to get its message across about the health of the Great Barrier Reef and impact of dredging at Bowen's Abbot Point.
The council argues that scaremongering must be replaced by a concerted effort to improve scientific understanding.
Mr Roche said he was satisfied his visit to the region had provided the council and the community with an insight into the concerns.
"I think there were two key points to come out of the visit," he said.
"One is that people generally support developments like the one at Abbot Point. And two, we have found there is real appetite out there for more digestive scientificbased information about these issues."
Mr Roche said anti-mining groups had been very effective in "whipping up concerns about dredging projects" and there was a lot of mis-information being spread.
Airlie Beach tourism operator Al Grundy, who is one of the key representatives of the group Businesses United for Reef Protection, agreed that scientific studies into declining water quality were a must.
However, Mr Grundy said studies needed to be independent and unbiased if they were to convince tourism operators in the region.