Abbot Point decision

Published: 11/12/2013

The Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has today announced his decision to approve an application by North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) to expand its coal terminal at Abbot Point.

While the Minister’s decision includes an approval for a specific site for dredge disposal, it also requires that NQBP investigate an alternate site within a large offshore area identified in the project proposal by the proponent.

Under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 and Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s role is to consider a permit application by NQBP to dispose of three million cubic metres of dredge material in the Marine Park.

Under timeframes set out in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act, the agency has 10 business days from the Federal Environment Minister’s announcement to make a decision on this permit application or to stipulate that more time is required to consider this matter.

The Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act also provides for a 30-day timeframe.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will meet these requirements by announcing its intentions within the next 10 business days.

The matter is being considered by a senior delegate, at General Manager level, nominated by the Authority's Chairman.

Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: 4750 0846