News

Abbot Point delay kick to region

The approval deadline for a multi-cargo facility at Abbot Point Coal Terminal has been delayed.
The approval deadline for a multi-cargo facility at Abbot Point Coal Terminal has been delayed. Peter Holt

NEWS that the approval deadline for a multi-cargo facility at Abbot Point Coal Terminal has been extended until December 2012 is disappointing, Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker says.

Environment Minister Tony Burke last week signed off on the extension of the approval deadline, which had already been extended to March 30 in December.

Cr Brunker said he feared the decision could be delayed further if it was linked to an upcoming report from UNESCO, which last week visited the region to investigate the health of the reef and the impact of the mining industry.

Member for Dawson George Christensen was also unhappy with the decision, saying he was worried about the delay, which would mean the region would be "in limbo" for two years.

"The reality is that this project is basically what Bowen has been waiting for for a very long time," he said.

"It really does push back all of those hopes of opportunity for Bowen and it starts to put everything in jeopardy."

Greenpeace campaigner John Hepburn welcomed Mr Burke's decision, saying it was "untenable" for him to propose approving the world's largest coal port before completion of the government's strategic assessment.

The documents signed by Mr Burke stated his decision would allow more time for impact assessment studies and for gathering of information from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Government and port proponents.

Mr Burke said the approval would not necessarily be delayed until December.

"I have no reason to believe that we will need until the end of the year to reach a decision but I believe it was prudent to give a significant extension now rather than have a number of extensions in the next few months," Mr Burke said.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has developed a plan to reclaim the sand from Clark Shoal to form a protected harbour and create 12 land-backed wharves to accommodate projected medium-term demand for bulk exports and industrial products at Abbot Point.

Stage one is likely to have four berths and a tug facility and stage two could include eight more berths.

Topics:  abbot point coal terminal environment great barrier reef mike brunker tony burke unesco


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

Beachgoers cool down at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Temperatures have hit 46 degrees Celsius in parts of outback Queensland today, with a heatwave predicted for the state's central and southern regions.(AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Outback towns scorching under the Friday afternoon sun

Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support to be hit by strikes

Centrelink will be hit by industrial action.

Customers being urged to look at alternative options

Heatwave fatalities? Ambos' warn of heat stress danger

As the heatwave strikes, make sure you keep cool.

PARAMEDICS fear the looming Queensland heatwave could kill

Local Partners

Car stolen from business

Police would like to talk to them in relation to a crime in Logan.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!