Mitchell group coal port EIS in spotlight of KAFDA alliance

KAFDA says there is no need, no demand for a coal port in the region's waters
KAFDA says there is no need, no demand for a coal port in the region's waters PETER HOLT

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council respected the overwhelming majority of community views when it adopted a "no coal port" stand, according to the group fighting hardest against the proposal.

Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance welcomed the local council's decision saying there was no need for the port, no demand for the coal and no support from the local community.

"This port should not be built; not here, not now, not ever," spokesman Cherry Muddle said.

Ms Muddle questioned Mitchell Ports' project manager Peter MacTaggart, who told The Morning Bulletin last week he was "absolutely confident" of getting approval for a coal export facility at Port Alma.

"There is a process to follow, which raises the question of how he can jump to this conclusion so confidently," she said.

Mr MacTaggart said Mitchell Ports absolutely agreed the EIS process must be followed.

"This has been our argument since the project commenced," he said.

"Rather than condemning the project based on assumptions and rhetoric, which KAFDA have become so adept at doing, let's allow the project to proceed through the EIS process.

"We are confident of an approval because we know the scientific studies we've undertaken will clearly demonstrate the Fitzroy Terminal Project is a sustainable, low impact solution for coal export.

"This is preferable to the dredging-intensive traditional export terminals, which have become commonplace in Australia."

But Ms Muddle said the project was reckless and dangerous and would give no benefit to the area.

"This is one of the most beautiful places in Australia," she said.

"We welcome the council's focus on this important issue and we call on state and federal governments to listen to what the people of the Fitzroy Delta are saying loud and clear."

If approved, construction would include a rail loop, set down and stockpiling area, covered conveyor, berths and barges.

During the operational phase, coal would be loaded onto barges to meet trans-shippers in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which would then load coal onto waiting ships.

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