There is a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef in the form of shipping and nearby mining, writes local journalist John Mikkelsen. Will anyone except the Greens talk about it?
The report on the Gladstone harbour development is in its final stages but has been delayed. But local journalist John Mikkelsen reports the delay was not politically motivated.
When UNESCO delegates flew out of Australia last week the passionate plea of a Gladstone regional councillor would have been ringing in their ears, writes John Mikkelsen, a freelance journalist, columnist and former regional newspaper editor.
It is the Queensland and federal governments that are proposing to allow the dredging and dumping of 125 million cubic metres of potentially toxic sediment in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage area, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.
The Australian committee of the International Union for Conservation and Nature has warned of a tenfold increase in shipping on the Great Barrier Reef, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.
It is assumed philosophically by governments that preserving the environment always comes at an economic cost and the carbon tax provides no better example, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.
The World Heritage Committee (WHC) is about to send a delegation to Australia for eight days to look at the Great Barrier Reef, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.
There are dire economic consequences for poor environmental management and the pollution from dredging toxic spoil in Gladstone Harbour, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.
If the fisheries and tourism of the Great Barrier Reef are worth $5 billion per annum, the impact of the Gladstone LNG project alone could be very significant, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.
With all this spin, deceit and bluster by the Queensland government, it is easy to forget that all of these fish and public health issues are in and around the Geat Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage area, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.