Port development in Fitzroy Delta won't happen

Coordinator of the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance Ginny Gerlach is opposed to the industrialisation of Queensland's iconic Keppel Bay.
Coordinator of the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance Ginny Gerlach is opposed to the industrialisation of Queensland's iconic Keppel Bay. Contributed

PORT development in the Fitzroy Delta will never go ahead, according to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

"Balaclava Island or what is sometimes known as Fitzroy Delta won't be proceeding, we've agreed that with the Queensland Government which has been a huge win," Mr Hunt said.

This comes three months after the Mitchell Group's Fitzroy Terminal Project declaration had lapsed.

The statement by Mr Hunt was said on ABC's 4 Corners on Monday night, and comes as a relief to the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance (KAFDA). 

KAFDA spokesperson Ginny Gerlach said it was great to hear Mr Hunt make promises, and now is the time to back them up with definitive legislation.

Ms Gerlach wants to see Mr Hunt clarify his statement when he mentioned Balaclava Island.

"The Fitzroy Delta is a vast area including numerous islands and estuarine shorelines of which Balaclava Island is a small but critical part," Ms Gerlach said.

She said that the state and federal governments need to uphold the recommendations of the recent UNESCO Report and permanently remove the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay and north Curtis Island from the Gladstone Priority Port Development Area.

"Mr Hunt has obviously recognised that the community wants this, our region's federal, state and local elected representatives want this, GBRMPA wants this, the Australian and international scientific community want this and the World Heritage Committee want this," Ms Gerlach said.

"We call on the Minister to act now and fulfil this promise."  

Topics:  fitzroy delta

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