Fight for the Reef!
Turtles. Beaches. Tourists with sunburn. These are the things that spring to mind when I think of the Reef. Not a Reef-wrecking mining project.
But that’s what could happen because Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has just granted a new approval for the Carmichael mega-mine and railway project that’s driving the expansion of the Abbot Point coal export terminal beside the Great Barrier Reef.
Despite millions of Australians saying they want to keep the Great Barrier Reef beautiful and protected for years to come, the government has gone and delivered the mining industry exactly what they wanted. Six weeks ago the project hit a hurdle when the Federal Court ruled that Environment Minister Greg Hunt didn’t follow environmental laws when he approved the mine. But that didn’t stop them.
Now, Minister Hunt has turned around and issued a new approval to allow the project to proceed. This decision will mean more dredging, industrialisation and shipping on our Reef.
And as if that’s not bad enough - the new Turnbull Government is now considering using your money to pay for it.
We know this project doesn’t stack up and has been plagued with problems. Globally, coal prices are falling, making new coal projects unprofitable and the mine’s owner Adani is struggling to secure international and Australian funding.
It seems the LNP government are the only ones willing to support it.
Prime Minister Turnbull needs to rule out any public funding to prop up this damaging project up through the North Australia Infrastructure Fund.
Fight for the Reef team