Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Report Absolves Dredging; Department Water Quality Analysis Done in Response to Outrage over Diseased Fish

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Report Absolves Dredging; Department Water Quality Analysis Done in Response to Outrage over Diseased Fish

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David Sparkes

Reporter

A NEW report has found water quality in Gladstone Harbour has not suffered as a result of dredging.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management has produced a 38-page report in response to community unrest over a range of controversies in the harbour.

DERM said it had done the analysis in response to suggestions poor water quality had caused fish in the harbour to get sick.

The report found there had been no water quality deterioration, except during January in the post-flood period.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling said it was important the information was put into the public arena.

C[pounds sterling]There has been a lot of speculation in the community and it's very important that we can openly and transparently show the community that water quality testing is ongoing, and has been for some time,C[yen] Ms Darling said.

The report came after a morning on which Gladstone regional councillors expressed concern more information was not being made available from government departments about the outbreak of red-spot disease in fish in the harbour. …

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