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Great Barrier Reef: Federal MP George Christensen says ‘I got it wrong’

Thu 28 August 2014
WHEN Australians think of the Great Barrier Reef they probably think of holidays, swimming and snorkelling but the real driver of the economy is mining, an industry that is more dominant than you think. The question is, are Australians happy for mining profits to trump protection of one of the world’s natural wonders of the world - the Great Barrier Reef?

Dawson MP sees the light on harm of dumping dredge spoil

Wed 27 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today warmly welcomed acknowledgement from Federal MP for Dawson, Mr George Christensen, that he 'had it wrong' about dumping dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion.

New Great Barrier Reef route for ships

Wed 27 August 2014
SHIPPING companies are expected to stick to a new route through the Great Barrier Reef to ensure they don’t void their insurance policies.

Barrier Reef: government MP says he 'got it wrong' on dredging spoil support

Barrier Reef: government MP says he 'got it wrong' on dredging spoil support

Wed 27 August 2014
Australian MP George Christensen writes open letter, saying he has started looking at options to dump dredging spoil on land

New Reef safety measures welcome to keep pace with rise in shipping numbers

Mon 25 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed the introduction of a two-way shipping route through the Great Barrier Reef that has the potential to improve safety by keeping ships separated on their way through the Reef’s waters.

Scientists speak out and call for a ban on Reef dumping

Tue 19 August 2014
A chorus of Australia’s leading coral reef scientists last night called for a ban on the dumping of dredge spoil in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Four Corners special “Battle for the Reef” on ABC TV heard evidence from many respected scientists concerned about the future of the Great Barrier Reef, and the impact of the plans to dump dredge spoil in the World Heritage Area.

Scientists speak out and call for a ban on Reef dumping

Tue 19 August 2014
A chorus of Australia’s leading coral reef scientists last night called for a ban on the dumping of dredge spoil in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s waters the only way to stop the outdated practice: AMCS

Fri 15 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) calls for Environment Minister Greg Hunt to guarantee the claim he has drawn a “line in the sand” on future dredging by introducing limits on dredging and a ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s waters.

Outlook report sounds warning for Reef; Strategic Assessment report falls short on action

Tue 12 August 2014
The release today of two important reports have confirmed the stresses and dangers to the Reef are accumulating fast but that governments are falling short on the action needed to address pressures including port development, dredging and dumping and increased shipping.

Cairns at the crossroads: protect the Reef’s natural beauty or allow risky 5 million cubic metres of dredging?

Fri 8 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has expressed alarm at the proposed dredging of 5 million cubic metres of seafloor to make way for bigger cruise ships at the Port of Cairns.

Have you got the new ‘Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide’ for 2014?

Wed 6 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has released a new Sustainable Seafood Guide. While the guide shouldn’t be taken as a comprehensive review of every fishery or farm in Australia or overseas, it which will surely help home cooks make better choices when purchasing fish.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation chief executive buries head in sand on impacts of dredging and dumping on Reef

Wed 6 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is concerned by media reports that the new Chief Executive of North Queensland Bulk Port Corporation does not recognise the serious risks posed to the Great Barrier Reef by dredging and dumping for the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal.

Hay Point port owners must operate under new conditions

Fri 1 August 2014
THE owners of the port at Hay Point have been forced to monitor for coral disease and implement an environmental management plan for a 378,000 cubic metre dredging and dumping project in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

GBRMPA approves more dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Fri 1 August 2014
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has expressed extreme concern with the decision by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to re-issue a permit to allow dredging of 82,500 cubic metres and dumping of 378,000 cubic metres of dredge spoil from the port at Hay Point in the Marine Park

Shipping uranium through the Great Barrier Reef a catastrophe waiting to happen

Fri 1 August 2014
The Queensland Government’s decision to accept applications for uranium mining will generate great pressure for nuclear material to be exported from local Queensland ports across the Great Barrier Reef, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

New Zealand takes lead in bid to prevent Japan from whaling again in the Southern Ocean

Thu 31 July 2014
New Zealand is taking the lead from Australia against Antarctic whaling, with a plan that could prevent the Japanese hunt from being renewed in late 2015.

Queensland Government misses yet another opportunity for a credible plan to protect the Reef

Thu 31 July 2014
The State Government’s Queensland Plan has failed to provide a credible blueprint for a healthy future for the Great Barrier Reef, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead

Mon 28 July 2014
Adani's Carmichael coal mine and rail project will dig up and transport about 60m tons of coal a year for export, sparking fears for the Great Barrier Reef

Giant Galilee coal mine gets Canberra nod

Mon 28 July 2014
The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

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