Newman calls "win-win" as dredge spoil becomes landfill
THE Newman government today announced plans to use three million cubic metres in dredge material produced at Abbot Point for landfill, instead of dumping it in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Premier Campbell Newman described the Abbot Point Beneficial Reuse Strategy as a "win-win" and asked the Federal Government to expedite the plan.
The Newman government will use a "commercial arrangement" with the entity controlling the dredge material, which could be North Queensland Bulk Ports.
But, Mr Newman and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney would not elaborate on how much the material would cost.
Mr Newman said the strategy was an alternative plan for the Federal Government to consider and it was now in Environment Minister Greg Hunt's hands.
Queensland Resources Council described it as a win and WWF welcomed the report, but urged the Newman government to minimise dredging further.
Shadow Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Jackie Trad condemned the strategy, saying the Newman government was simply handing a "big cheque to big mining developers".
"We are under the international spotlight," Ms Trad said.
"It is a quick political fix for a problem of their own making."