Boundaries Necessary for Reef; Hoolihan, Conservation Council Say Heritage Areas Need to Stay

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Byline: KERRI-ANNE MESNER Kerri-Anne.Mesner@capnews.com.au

THE Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area boundaries were created to protect the reef and need to stay, according to Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan and the Capricorn Conservation Council.

There are reports the Gladstone Ports Corporation has sent letters to State and Federal MPs asking them to consider redrawing the boundary to match the boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The corporation has yet to confirm or deny the claims and none of the Central Queensland MPs contacted by the Morning Bulletin yesterday, including Member for Capricorn Kirsten Livermore's office, had received such a letter.

But Mr Hoolihan made it clear that he would not support any changes.

aThey won't be getting any support from me for it,a Mr Hoolihan said.

aTo change that, it would affect Keppel Bay and Curtis Island and it's just not on.

aIt was well thought out when it (WHA boundaries) was done. It covers areas that could have an effect on the reef, which was how it was designed.a

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area was gazetted in 1981; it included all of Gladstone Harbour to the low-water mark.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and State Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham want to know why the corporation wants to change the boundary. …