UNESCO wants tough new environmental conditions placed on coal and gas port expansion applications, pending the outcome of a strategic review into the combined threat they pose to the Great Barrier Reef.
“The Greens concern to protect the Great Barrier Reef against the impact of ramped up coal and coal seam gas export has been vindicated by the UNESCO mission World Heritage Centre's marine program”, said Jenny Stirling, Greens candidate for Townsville.
“The impact of industrial and port developments, ocean acidification and climate change and a projected 40 per cent population increase in the reef catchment area will spell the Reef’s death knell is we don’t make urgent efforts to secure its future.”
“The major parties can wax lyrical about how important the Reef is to them, Queensland, Australia and the rest of the world but the fact remains that both the ALp and the LNP are committed to the rapid expansion of coal and coal seam gas - to the detriment oftourism which provides 60,000 jobs in Queensland.”
“North Queensland’s tourism economy is under threat from more accidents and oil spills with a projected increase shipping numbers through the reef from 1722 a year to 10,150 a yea because of the coal and csg expansion.”
“All we need is one or two more photos of tankers stranded on the reef and leaking oil plastered over the front pages of the New York Times, or The Guardian or CNN and we can kiss international tourism to the Reef goodbye.”
“Our fishing industry depends on the viability of the Reef and we will have many more tankers coming from all over the globe spilling their ballast into our waters, contaminating our seas and posing a threat with introduced marine species.”
“The Greens have called for a moratorium on the csg industry and no new coal mines until these and other impacts can be properly assessed.”
For further contact please call Jenny Stirling on 04 244 39 098