Bill excludes Greater Fitzroy Delta from the Gladstone Port
THE Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance has welcomed the introduction of the Sustainable Ports Development Bill in Parliament on Wednesday.
KAFDA spokesperson Ginny Gerlach said she was also happy to hear the Queensland Labor Government's commitment to prevent port development in the environmentally sensitive area of the Greater Fitzroy Delta which includes Balaclava Island, north Curtis Island, Port Alma and Keppel Bay.
Ms Gerlach said last week this was something the community had been advocating for continuously over the past four years.
"We are pleased to see that the Queensland Labor Government has made good on its election promise to remove the Greater Fitzroy Delta from the Gladstone Port and to constrain port development to the four Priority Port areas," she said.
The Bill indicates the Greater Fitzroy Delta it is clearly outside the Gladstone Port Priority Area and KAFDA looks forward to seeing all MPs support the proposed new laws.
"The other promise of the government potentially impacting the waters of the Fitzroy Delta and Keppel Bay, to prohibit transhipping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, has not been incorporated in the Bill and this is extremely disappointing," Ms Gerlach said.
"With the Mitchell Group's Fitzroy Terminal Project which planned to tranship coal from the Fitzroy Delta through the waters of Keppel Bay still fresh in the minds of the community and a current project for transhipping coal still being pursued at Hay Point we call on the Queensland Labor Government to make good on this election promise also," she said.
"The Fitzroy Delta has been recognised nationally and internationally as a valuable natural asset in its current state.
"It is intrinsically connected to the health of the southern Great Barrier Reef and the economy of our region.
"The community has been on tenterhooks about potential industrialisation or port development in the crucial ecosystem, which includes the habitat of the rare and threatened snubfin dolphin.
"It requires this Bill to be passed into law, for transhipping to be banned and for long-term conservation mechanisms."