The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated the new Labor government on their swift planning action to place dredge material from Abbot Point on the vacant industrial land known as T2.
Previous plans to dump dredge spoils on wetlands near Abbot Point were scotched by the Palaszczuk government last month after coming to power, however the Australian Marine Conservation Authority still insists the government must stop the Abbot Point expansion project altogether.
The T2 site is at the port itself, on a site which was slated for another coal terminal.
Chief executive Michael Roche said the new agreement represented a positive step forward to opening up the Galilee Basin.
“The proponents of the Abbot Point port development, in addition to current or future port proponents along the Queensland coast, would take comfort in the government's positive approach to balancing industrial development and environmental protection that is important to our state’s economy and to the health of the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
“Our ports and shipping operations operate under the highest standards in the world and we will always support decisions that are based on the best science in addition to enhancing social, economic and environmental outcomes.
“Queenslanders across the state will benefit from this decision as the Galilee Basin mine-rail-port projects will create jobs and create economic development.”