Has a natural world wonder just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?
One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.
Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the “Best Job in the World”?
Unfortunately, soon a massively destructive coal port will be built just 50 km north of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. The port expansion wasapproved by the Abbott Liberal National government on Wednesday 11 December, and it will become one of the world’s largest coal ports.
The coal export facility is ironically located on Abbot Point. The construction of this port will involve dredging 3 million cubic metres of seabed. The dredge spoil will be dumped into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
To give you an idea of the scale of this dredging, if all of the spoil was put into dump trucks, there would be 150,000 of them lined up bumper to bumper from Brisbane to Melbourne.
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