Abbot Point expansion won’t dredge reef

Development Minister: Abbot Point development won't dredge or dump on the reef.

Development Minister: Abbot Point development won’t dredge or dump on the reef.

Adani’s monolithic mining project is making further progress towards development, with the final Environmental Impact Statement for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port submitted to the Commonwealth Government for review.

The Abbot Point expansion plan is a crucial piece of the puzzle according to State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, who says the port will become an export hub for the Carmichael coal mine.

“The expanded port would export coal from Carmichael mine to international markets, creating significant jobs and investment opportunities for Queenslanders,” he says.

The EIS lays concerns over Great Barrier Reef dredging to rest, confirming that no dredging or dumping will occur in the Marine Park and the Calley Valley wetlands.

“The EIS findings show that we can expand this vital port while ensuring the Great Barrier Reef and the wetlands are protected,” says Dr Lynham.

Today’s EIS handover follows the Commonwealth’s re-approval of the EIS for the Carmichael mine and associated rail infrastructure earlier this month, showing that significant progress is underway.

While the EIS is awaiting review from the Commonwealth Environment Minister, who has forty business days to report back with advice and recommendations.

In the meantime, Dr Lynham encourages citizens to take a look at the findings when the report becomes available online.

Map of the Abbot Point expansion.

Map of the Abbot Point expansion.