Queensland Ports

QLD ports coal export capacity (2011): 163Mtpa
QLD’s planned expansion export capacity: 560 Mtpa

There are 10 trading ports located along the Great Barrier Reef. In 2007, 3500 ships operated in the region, making 9700 voyages . The increase of mining and industry exports in the last 10 years has resulted in increased numbers of voyages through the reef. The increased shipments have also fuelled growth for expansions of at least 7 of the 10 ports in the World Heritage Area. The Australian government has highlighted that the regions use for ports and shipping isn’t reliant on the health of the ecosystem, rather it’s driven by global economic factors.

Peabody Energy Australia exports coal through the QLD ports of Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane.

Port spoil runoff ‘threat’ to Great Barrier Reef

The Australian March 02, 2012

DUMPING millions of tonnes of dredge spoil into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park would be necessary because planned coal port expansions would overwhelm existing port-controlled disposal grounds, environment groups claimed yesterday. READ MORE…

UN reef mission hears Gladstone development worries

By Stephanie Fitzpatrick
Updated March 08, 2012

United Nations environmental experts will meet more community groups in Gladstone in central Queensland, as they investigate the impacts of port and gas developments on the Great Barrier Reef. READ MORE…

UN officials denied ‘real picture of Gladstone Harbour’

By Paul Robinson and Stephanie Fitzpatrick
Posted March 12, 2012

A central Queensland LNP candidate says environmental experts from the United Nations did not see the real problems in Gladstone Harbour because major dredging has stopped. READ MORE…

Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage property (Australia)

Friday, March 2, 2012

A joint international expert mission to the World Heritage property of Great Barrier Reef by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is taking place from 5 to 14 March 2012.
The World Heritage Committee, at its 35th session in June 2011 (Paris) examined the state of conservation of Great Barrier Reef (Australia), inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. The Committee noted with extreme concern the approval of Liquefied Natural Gas processing and port facilities on Curtis island within the World Heritage property. The Committee further requested the Australian Government invite a reactive monitoring mission to visit the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage site. READ MORE….

Greenpeace: Barrier Reef becoming coal ship highway

MARCH 1, 2012

A new report by the environmental group Greenpeace says more than one coal ship every hour will slice through Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef by 2020.
The report says the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area will become a coal ship highway.
It has estimated the number of ships to pass through the reef will increase from about 1700 to 10,150 by 2020, based on data collated from environmental impact statements of proposed coal projects in the norther state of Queensland. READ MORE….

Great Barrier Reef awaits UN verdict

By Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon
Mar 14, 2012

Green activists are expecting to hear of investigation results on the Great Barrier Reef conducted by the joint mission of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The experts visited Australia from March 4-14 to probe into the current park’s environmental conditions, including alleged man-made threats posed by seam gas exploration projects. READ MORE…

Greens reveal Great Barrier Reef dredging plan

JANUARY 12, 2012

The Australian Greens Party has revealed figures that show the federal Labor government is considering plans to double the amount of dredging in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef
According to the official figures, which Greens Party Senator Larissa Waters obtained through Senate estimates hearings, the government is considering plans for 60 million cubic metres, more than 35 times the volume of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, to be dredged from the area. READ MORE….

Coal terminal siting shows ‘no need’ to harm reef

By Paul Robinson
Posted March 08, 2012

The Capricorn Conservation Council (CCC) says the announcement of another coal terminal in Gladstone in central Queensland shows there is no need for developments in other parts of the coast.
Brisbane company, Tenement to Terminal, says it wants to build an export facility at Yarwun, next door to the Wiggins Island coal port, and open it by 2017. READ MORE….

Gladstone Port denies dredging allegation

Patrick Caruana
March 2, 2012

Gladstone Ports Corporation has denied suggestions it’s scaled down dredging work for political reasons, ahead of a UN mission looking at reef health.
The corporation has approvals to dredge 46 million cubic metres from the Gladstone harbour in order to expand the port for gas exports. READ MORE….

Activists detained over reef protest amid UNESCO visit

7th March 2012

Police have detained several environmental activists after they painted a sign on the side of a coal ship in Gladstone Harbour in central Queensland, saying the Great Barrier Reef is in danger. READ MORE….

Great Barrier Reef at a crossroads: UN

March 06 2012
Vincent Morello and Miles Godfrey

The way industrial projects near the Great Barrier Reef are managed will be crucial for the future preservation of the World Heritage Area, the UN’s environmental arm says.
A team is currently in Australia to assess the state of the reef.
UNESCO is concerned about the approval of a liquefied natural gas plant at Curtis Island by the Queensland and federal governments. READ MORE….

Damage to Great Barrier Reef assessed; stricter shipping surveillance proposed

Monday, April 26, 2010

An inspection team has found the damage resulting from the 3 April grounding of a bulk carrier on the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), a World Heritage site. Initial inspections indicate the impact site covers approximately 2.5 km, and reef scarring and potentially toxic paint residue have been found. The coral and sea bed structure was completely crushed in some areas and approximately three tons of oil were leaked into the sea. Further assessments will be made in the coming days.

The inspection team was comprised of staff from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management. READ MORE….

Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report published

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009, prepared by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, is the first comprehensive assessment of the health of the Great Barrier Reef and identifies the key challenges facing it now and into the future. It is the first report of its kind and provides a reliable and scientifically credible assessment of and outlook for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage site.
The Report states that the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem is at a crossroad, and it is decisions made in the next few years that are likely to determine its long-term future. Unavoidably, future predictions of climate change dominate most aspects of the Great Barrier Reef’s outlook over the next few decades. The extent and persistence of the damage to the ecosystem will depend to a large degree on the amount of change in the world’s climate and on the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem in the immediate future. READ MORE….

Greenpeace Report – BOOM Goes the Reef

Australia’s coal export boom and the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia is on the verge of an unprecedented coal boom. The epicentre of this expansion is the yet to be
developed Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. Galilee is the proposed site for a series of mega mines
that will cause Australia’s coal exports to more than double within a decade. The creation of mega mines as the burning of the coal they produce, place an incredible burden on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef is already causing alarm. Approvals for new gas processing
plants on Curtis Island off Gladstone in 2011 prompted a stinging rebuke from United Nations. READ MORE…

World Heritage Centre – IUCN Reactive Monitoring Mission
The Great Barrier Reef Australia

6 – 14 March 2012

The object of this monitoring mission is to assess the progress made by the State Party against the decision of the Committee (Decision 35COM 7B.10) and in particular any activities that may have impacted on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property. The mission team will be composed of Mr Tim Badman, Director of the IUCN World Heritage Programme, and Ms Fanny Douvere, Coordinator of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s Marine Programme.