Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Curtis Island Plan Fears

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Curtis Island Plan Fears

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WOW, just about another year gone and it only seems like yesterday that I wrote the same opening line back in '08. Where has the year gone?

So much has happened though with this year's Observer Boyne Tannum HookUp being the biggest and best we'd ever put on, shelling out more than $50,000 to various charities and groups including the Mater Hope Foundation into Prostate Cancer research.

I'm having a rest from the next one after 14 or so years of being involved but the guys and gals on the committee tell me that an even bigger one is planned for next year! These folks need a big pat on the back for all the voluntary work which they do and to put something like this on is a 10-month commitment.

We now see the plans for the changing channels in the harbour to accommodate the new LNG plants which are destined for the precinct on Curtis Island.

There has been a couple of options put out there for comment regarding this channel, one of which has the shipping channel only going half-way up the island, which will mean that the northern most LNG plant will need to construct a jetty/pipeline from just south of Laird Point across to the channel which accesses the western channel.

This would indicate that us boaties wouldn't be able to travel through to the narrows on the eastern side of the harbour. If this is the case then all boaties should totally oppose this option.

We need to be able to travel through to the narrows using the lee of Curtis Island as shelter in strong easterlies and north-easterlies.

Please go onto the GPC website and voice your opinion on this issue as it is so important.

Looking at the region fishing wise now and I see that Paul Jacklin has managed to get out last week when the conditions were awesome and landed some pretty nice coral trout.

There has been a lot of trout and sweetlip caught lately with the red emperor count down a wee bit, although one or two managed to latch onto a couple over the 10kg mark but they were few and far between. …

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