No coal terminal for Dudgeon Point
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Mr Fish said although this particular development proposal would be withdrawn, “it does not necessarily indicate that expansion to the coal export facilities will not be required at the port of Hay Point in the future”.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.