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March 24th 2013
Townsville Port Expansion: have your say

Following is information from the Townsville Port Authority on how readers can view and comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for the Townsville Port Expansion Project.

To view the EIS online: (Click here)

Townsville Port Expansion: have your say
March 24th 2013
My concerns are:
The dump site for dredged materials is such that the prevailing seas would push the material back into the channel and towards Magnetic Island.
Coal is only mentioned in passing. There is no provision for coal storage mentioned. Will they be able to upgrade the port facilities to coal without asking the community?
A bit concerned that there was reference to an adaptive and monitoring strategy rather than a monitoring and adaptive strategy, was that a freudian slip?
The positives as I see them, and I invite these to be shot down, are:
A deeper channel may reduce the amount of silt disturbed when vessels go though. I'm guessing that bigger ships are being let through than those for which the channel was orginally dredged - clouds of murky water can be seen from the air when a ship goes through.
The re-use of dredged material for land fill?

John Gill
March 28th 2013
I spoke to GBRMPA, and was told that the more submissions made by individuals, the more likely we are to get a good outcome with regards to where they dump the sediment from the dredging. As many people as possible of Magnetic island, please write. It doesn't have to be scientific, but just to mention their environmental or economic concerns.
GBRMPA suggested that a copy of submissions be sent to them because they will be making the final recommendation to the Federal government.
Address for mail: GBRMPA - 2/68 Flinders St, Townsville.
(To see the EIS online click on the link below the notice "Ed.)
There is a huge amount of material, but the "Executive Summary" should cover what most people are concerned about.

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