Do your homework
To all those pro Abbott Point development people who write letters to the editor, please do your homework before you start bagging the many people who are protesting against the dumping of dredge spoils in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
These people from all across Australia are simply doing their best to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The large majority of them are not against the Abbott Point development, just against the dredge spoils which can potentially harm the reef environment. As we all know, there have always been other options; extended trestles or dumping on land, both of which are feasible despite the spin from NQBP. The spoils can be safely managed on land as noted in the Public Environmental Report for the project.
The trestle extensions got the green light from both Maritime Safety Queensland and GBRMPA. However, NQBP simply chose the cheapest option at the time, dumping in the sea. It is interesting to read now that NQPB is saying that sea dumping is not the cheapest option. Perhaps they need to reconsider their options.
Dumping dredge spoils in the sea to expand ports is no longer an acceptable practice anywhere along the Great Barrier Reef coast. There have been protests from Brisbane to Cairns high- lighting this simple fact. We have the ability to move mountains of coal from the interior of Australia all the way across the ocean to China and India… surely we can properly handle a bit of dredge spoil without dumping it in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Tony Fontes AIRLIE BEACH