No coal ter­mi­nal for Dud­geon Point

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents cam­paign­ing against the dump­ing of dredge spoil at sea, are breath­ing a sigh of re­lief at the can­cel­la­tion of the coal ter­mi­nal project at Dud­geon Point.

The state-owned North Queens­land Bulk Ports Cor­po­ra­tion (NQBP) made a re­quest to the Queens­land Co­or­di­na­tor-Gen­eral to with­draw the project pro­posal last week.

CEO of NQBP, Brad Fish, said cur­rent and short-term fore­cast mar­ket de­mands for coal did not sup­port an ex­pan­sion to the ca­pac­ity pro­posed at Dud­geon Point.

Spokesper­son for the com­mu­nity group Whit­sun­day Res­i­dents Against Dump­ing (WRAD), Brit­tney Gre­gory, said the Dud­geon Point project would have re­quired the dredg­ing of 14 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of seabed with- in the wa­ters of the Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park.

She said the can­cel­la­tion was great news, “but on­go­ing large-scale main­te­nance dredg­ing and dump­ing at Hay Point and Ab­bot Point still has the po­ten­tial to fur­ther im­pact on wa­ter qual­ity in the Whit­sun­days”.

Mr Fish said al­though this par­tic­u­lar de­vel­op­ment pro­posal would be with­drawn, “it does not nec­es­sar­ily in­di­cate that ex­pan­sion to the coal ex­port fa­cil­i­ties will not be re­quired at the port of Hay Point in the fu­ture”.

Mr Fish said NQBP would now com­plete a port mas­ter plan­ning ex­er­cise over the com­ing year to com­ply with the pro­posed Queens­land Ports Strat­egy and would then re­visit the scope of the project at Dud­geon Point.

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