ABC reports that the "Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) says
dredging will be needed as part of its plans for Port Alma in
central Queensland. The GPC is yet to release its 50-year master
plan for the site where other coal terminals are set to be built.
It is undertaking a large dredging program in the western basin of
Gladstone Harbour and conservationists are concerned about its
effect on marine life.
GPC chief executive Leo Zussino says the port is planning to do
some dredging in the deep-water channel near the Port Alma site.
"From our estimations and our studies, there's probably about eight
to 12 million cubic metres of dredging required to achieve that
outcome," he said. "Compare that to the western basin of Gladstone,
where we have an approval for 46 million cubic metres."
Jan Thompson, Industrial Officer