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Unesco defers decision on Great Barrier Reef status

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) has deferred a decision on inscribing the Great Barrier Reef on the list of world heritage sites in danger. WHC director Kishore Rao said that the decision adopted by the committee welcomed the progress...
19th June 2014

Qld introduces new port strategy to protect Great Barrier Reef

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the state government’s Port Strategy on Thursday, saying it showed an environmentally responsible and sustainable approach to future developments in the region, particularly alongside the Great...
5th June 2014

Queensland earmarks A$450m for natural resources and mines

The Queensland government on Tuesday allocated A$450-million of its state Budget to the development of natural resources and mines. Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the Queensland government viewed agriculture and resources as a vital part of the...
3rd June 2014

Unesco unhappy with Abbot Point decision

Draft recommendations by world heritage body Unesco on the Great Barrier Reef has had polarising effects, with both sides claiming victory. In its draft recommendations, the United Nations body expressed its concern over recent approvals for...
1st May 2014

State government to promote Great Barrier Reef Marine Park facts

Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has applauded the announcement of a major state government campaign to promote the facts surrounding the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Queensland Resources Council...
3rd March 2014

Ports not the main threat to Great Barrier Reef – report

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Australian government’s progress report to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, saying that confirmed the real threat to the reef. “The...
3rd February 2014

Great Barrier Reef approves dredging project to expand coal terminal

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA’s) grant of dredge permits to expand the Abbot Point Port. “The dredging project goes hand-in-hand with the development of new coal...
31st January 2014

Hunt approves Abbot Point coal terminal expansion

Federal environment Minister Greg Hunt has reportedly approved the development of the Terminal 0 (T0) project at the Abbot Point coal terminal, in Queensland. The 70-million-tonne-a-year terminal project is being developed by Indian resource...
10th December 2013

Govt delays Abbot Point enviro approval decision until after elections

The federal government has delayed an environmental approval on the expansion of the Abbot Point terminal, in Queensland, until after the elections on September 7. Environment Minister Mark Butler said he had recently received a number of...
12th August 2013

GVK rejects report claiming Alpha project is uneconomical

Indian conglomerate GVK on Thursday “strongly refuted” a report claiming that the $10-billion Alpha coal project, in Queensland, was uneconomic and offered investors unacceptable risk. The report, released by the US-based Institute for Energy...
20th June 2013

South of Embley bauxite mine and port development project, Australia Restricted

The South of Embley project involves a staged increase in production to 50-million dry product tonnes a year.
14th June 2013

Scientists issue warning on Great Barrier Reef

More than 150 scientists have urged the Australian government to slow down industrial development around the Great Barrier Reef, warning of a “bleak” future if port expansions were not reined in. Scientists from 33 institutions have signed a...
5th June 2013
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