Claims coal project will destroy reef

 A far north Queensland coal project has raised concerns that it may damage the Great Barrier Reef.

Aust-Pac Capital’s Wongai project proposal has met with serious opposition from the Queensland Wilderness Society (QWS), which made the claims, the ABC reports.

The project is currently being assessed by Federal environment minister Tony Burke.

The miner says the project will have a minimal affect on the local flora and fauna; however its conveyor and loading facility would be visible from the Great Barrier Reef.

QWS spokesperson Glenn Walker has called for proposal to be rejected and mining banned in the region.

Essentially what the coal mining company is proposing is to carve up the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, to carve up a nature refuge, to destroy a beautiful area and walk away with the profits.

"They want Queenslanders to give them the tick for this – we say no and we’ll be fighting it," Walker added.

The project recently gained the backing of native title holder to develop the coal mine.

It is located near Princess Charlotte Bay.

Image: Cape York Peninsula (Australian 4X4)

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