Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt confirmed yesterday he may receive a new proposal from proponents of the coal port expansion project.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt confirmed yesterday he may receive a new proposal from proponents of the coal port expansion project. Darren Jew

Reef may be spared spoil from dredging

A NEW plan to dispose of Abbot Point dredge spoil on land rather than in the Barrier Reef marine park appears on the drawing board.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt confirmed yesterday he may receive a new proposal from proponents of the coal port expansion project.

His comments in a radio interview followed a southern media report that North Queensland Bulk Ports, the Adani Group and GVK Hancock were working on a new land-based proposal.

"I want to see the first priority for all dredging proposals being onshore disposal," Mr Hunt said.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen, who has been in discussions with NQBP, took out a full-page advertisement recently saying he "got it wrong" in terms of marine park dredge spoil dumping.

An Adani spokesperson said the company's disposal options would adhere to the best practice.

While conservation groups such as Fight for the Reef were jubilant, others, including Mackay Conservation Group and Australian Marine Conservation Society, were sceptical.


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