April 21, 2013: Greens candidate for Dawson Jonathon Dykyj today said the backflip by George Christensen to dump millions of tonnes of toxic coal port dredge spoil in World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is highly irresponsible.
"The Greens have consistently said that dredge spoil dumped on land or at sea is harmful.
The Queensland Greens have welcomed the detailed assessment report from UNESCO following their visit to Queensland in March. The full report was released yesterday.
‘It is time to stop work in Gladstone Harbour,’ Greens spokesperson Dr Libby Connors said this afternoon.
‘We must get the science right before proceeding.
New research released yesterday shows dredging is to blame for Gladstone Harbour’s environmental crisis, and should prompt the federal government to finally step in and protect the World Heritage listed area and the communities which rely upon it.
Monitoring stations at Gladstone Harbour recorded dangerously high turbidity levels at the same time as UNESCO was issuing dire warnings about the possible degradation of the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status last week.
Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Libby Connors says the turbidity caused by dredging in the harbour stirs up sediments containing toxic heavy metals.
Today is World Water Day and in the context of the Queensland state election it is clearly only the Greens who are taking the issue of water seriously.
“Coal Seam Gas and uranium mining will be full steam ahead after Saturday if the polls are correct.” Queensland Greens spokesperson and candidate for Whitsunday Jonathon Dykyj said.
Adam Stone, lead candidate for The Greens and candidate for Mount Coot-tha, welcomed Galaxy Poll results that suggested that 91% of Australians oppose the Federal Government’s approvals to dump dredged waste from coal port terminals in the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.
Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters will challenge the Government today in Question Time on their plans to make profits from the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The latest October water test results from Queensland’s Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) indicate that dredging is linked to the two months of extreme turbidity spikes in Gladstone harbour.
The Queensland Greens say that news that marine disease has now spread to prawns in Gladstone harbour confirms their worst fears regarding the seriousness of the ecosystem collapse occurring there and warned that failure to act swiftly would endanger the entire Queensland seafood industry.