Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

He Burnt the Midnight Oil Then Said: 'No'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

He Burnt the Midnight Oil Then Said: 'No'

Article excerpt

PETER Garrett's bombshell for supporters of the Great Keppel Island resort came in the form of a statement issued just before 1pm yesterday.

In a release to media he said the proposed tourist resort and facilities had been deemed clearly unacceptable under national environment law.

"A decision that a project is clearly unacceptable is made when it is determined the proposal will have unacceptable impacts on nationally protected matters," he said.

"I've looked closely at what's being proposed for the island and considered my department's recommendation, and I've concluded that a project of this size and density would lead to unacceptable impacts on World Heritage and National Heritage values of the area, including the Great Barrier Reef."

He said the impact on inshore coral communities, coastal wetlands, marine species, island flora and geographical formations of a development on such a huge scale would simply be too great.

"These are the very values that earned the area's world heritage status," he said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.