Category Archive: dredging

Abbot Point offshore dumping backflip – call to rule out offshore dumping in Cairns

The Abbot Point consortium (North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group) have reportedly announced that they will re-submit a proposal to Environment Minister Greg Hunt, for onshore dumping as an alternative to the approved offshore dumping at Abbott Point. The change is in response to community opposition to dredging and dumping near the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/09/02/abbot-point-offshore-dumping-backflip-call-rule-offshore-dumping-cairns/

The Cairns Port dredging proposal and fishing

What is proposed? The proposed Cairns Shipping (Trinity Inlet) Development Project would mean digging up over at least 4.4 million m3 of dredge spoil. Dredge spoil, the mud and other sediment removed from the sea floor, often contains heavy metals, acid sulphate soils and other contaminants from industrial land uses and shipping. Options for dredge …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/09/01/cairns-port-dredging-proposal-fishing/

Environment, science, politics and economics mean no new dredging is the only option for Cairns

The screening of the Four Corners episode ‘Battle for the Reef’ on Monday the 18th of August held many revelations including: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) appointed a career bureaucrat to approve dumping of dredge spoil in World Heritage waters after it was rejected by in-house scientists. Long-term monitoring of dredging impacts …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/19/environment-science-politics-economics-mean-new-dredging-option-cairns/

Community forum on Cairns Port Dredging Announced

The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) have today announced the upcoming community forum on Cairns port dredging. When: 24th September 2014, 6:30 pm start Where: Cairns Choral Society hall, 31-33 Greenslopes Street, North Cairns. What: Presentations and panel discussion from tourism and local industry representatives, leading scientists and environmental experts. Presentations, Q&A, light …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/16/community-forum-cairns-port-dredging-announced/

Dredging proposal for Cairns Port / Trinity Inlet – updated information sheet

Dredging proposal for Cairns Port / Trinity Inlet Ports North is proposing to undertake a major dredging operation in Trinity Inlet, however there are serious environmental risks and major community concerns with the proposal. This proposal is reportedly to allow larger cruise liners to enter Trinity Inlet. The claim is that this will provide economic …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/05/dredging-proposal-cairns-port-trinity-inlet-updated-information-sheet/

CAFNEC gives evidence at Great Barrier Reef Senate Inquiry

On 23/07/2014 CAFNEC Marine Programs Coordinator Josh Coates gave evidence to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef, meeting in Townsville. In giving evidence CAFNEC  highlighted issues including: The impacts of the proposed Cairns Port dredging The need to protect the ‘healthy’ section of the reef North of Cooktown from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/07/24/cafnec-gives-evidence-great-barrier-reef-senate-inquiry/

Ports North revises Cairns dredging proposal, pushes back environmental impact statement release again.

MEDIA RELEASE Ports North revises Cairns dredging proposal, pushes back environmental impact statement release again. 16/07/2014 In new information released by Ports North the estimated amount of material to be dumped has been reduced, more detail on proposed dredge spoil dumping locations has come to light and the release of the environmental impact statement for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/07/16/ports-north-revises-cairns-dredging-proposal-pushes-back-environmental-impact-statement-release/

World Heritage Committee confirms need for Australia to do more to protect our reef

The Cairns Port dredging proposal should be scrapped Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) welcomes the June 2014 decision by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) to adopt unchanged recommendations on improving reef health and keep the pressure on Australian governments to address industrial port development, dredging, dumping and poor reef water quality. In 2012 the WHC …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/06/19/world-heritage-committee-confirms-need-australia-protect-reef/

Great Barrier Reef ‘world heritage in danger’ listing to be discussed in Quatar

MEDIA RELEASE 16/06/2014 The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will this week discuss the recommendation that the Great Barrier Reef be listed as ‘world heritage in danger’. If the committee decides that the Australian and Queensland Governments have not done enough they are likely to maintain pressure on Australia ahead of a final decision on reef …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/06/16/great-barrier-reef-world-heritage-danger-listing-discussed-quatar/

Great Barrier Reef report card shows farmers are doing their bit, but what about dredging?

The Great Barrier Reef Report Card 2012 and 2013 – Reef Water Quality Protection Plan was released today. This report suggests that some progress is being made in improving quality of water reaching the reef from land*, but paints a picture of a reef in poor health in many areas. However, the current dredging proposals (including Cairns …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/06/12/great-barrier-reef-report-card-shows-farmers-bit-dredging/

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