On the fast track to Reef destruction

The Great Barrier Reef is a national icon. It’s a place people all over the world travel to Australia to see. It’s the world’s largest reef. Now all of this is at risk. It’s an absolute outrage that the Government would allow Indian mining giant Adani to dredge millions of cubic metres of seabed within the Great Barrier Reef marine park to make way for its coal ships.

And now it gets even worse – Environmental Minister Greg Hunt has fast-tracked dredging the reef at Abbot Point and dumping the dredge spoil inside the Caley Valley wetlands without conducting a full environmental study.

Reef dredge spoil coming to the Caley Valley wetlands


Located on the central Queensland coast approximately 25 km north of Bowen is the internationally significant Caley Valley wetlands. Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has conducted extensive research on the wetlands. In a nutshell, their findings report that:

  • The wetlands support populations of over 40,000 birds and 154 bird species.
  • The wetlands support habitat of threatened migratory species such as the Australian Painted Snipe, Little Tern, Australian Cotton Pygmy-goose and the Eastern Curlew.
  • Dugong and Snubfin Dolphins are known to inhabit adjacent waters.

Dugong in Egypt Dugong

  • Marine turtles species, including the Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle and Flatback Turtle, feed and nest near the wetlands.
  • Saltwater Crocodiles are dependent on the wetlands.
  • Squatter Pigeon, Black-throated Finch, Northern Quoll, Coastal Sheathtail Bat, Water Mouse, Single-striped Delma and Koalas utilise the wetlands or inhabit bordering waters.


AMCS describe the wetlands as a ‘wildlife corridor for a threatened flora and fauna species’. But it’s not just the abundant wildlife that inhabit the wetlands that’s at risk from the dredge spoil dumping plans – it will have massive implications for the Great Barrier Reef too.

What does it mean for the Reef?

The wetlands are part of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, both in habitat and acting as a filter for sediment. So what’s dumped on the wetlands will end up on the Reef.

Hunt’s decision to hastily push the dumping decision through brings us one step closer to the Great Barrier Reef being dredged.

We can stop them!

Adani originally proposed to dump the millions of cubic metres of seabed from Abbot Point back into the ocean – polluting our vulnerable reef further. Thanks to tremendous pressure from Greenpeace supporters and green groups, the Queensland Government recognised that this was unacceptable. However, their ‘solution’ to dump the dredge spoil inside the wetlands is far from good news.

The Great Barrier Reef is important to Australia – so it’s about time the Australian Government listened its people instead of dirty mining companies and their threatening demands.

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  • Wu Joong

    (REEF)Evolution! Action and Shared!Against the Coal-Mine, The Illegal Fish, The Devastation -Programmed From dear Mp Tony Abbott! The Lord of Coal!

  • Cole Miner

    You can’t stop this happening…
    Time for some facts (you sad, mindless, ranting greenies): Caley Valley wetlands were CREATED by the dredge spoil when Abbot Point port was first developed. So you are in essence fighting to protect a byproduct of dredging operations…
    Dredging operations are occurring RIGHT NOW in a protected marine park – Port of Brisbane. Where’s the banners & uproar over that.
    If the spoil were to be dumped in the GBR – so what? It’s seabed, picked up in one place and deposited in another. It’s not burying the reef you muppet.
    Your story smacks of racism – what does being an Indian company have to do with anything? If anything you should be applauding their commitment & risk taking to lift millions of Indians out of energy poverty thereby improving lift expectancy and opportunity. What you’re telling the world is that you object to lifting the impoverished Indian poor. I’m sure you protest against Gov’t reductions in foreign aid cuts too – yet here’s a company putting it’s hard earned cash on the line.
    Alex, time to grow up. We’re in an interconnected world that relies on mining and energy to make things happen. What’s yours is mined… Maybe Greenpeace could actually do some good by investing it’s millions in ACTUAL RESEARCH and generate some benefit. A protest organisation is just a noisy background – if you want to make changes, invest in the future. All you sound like right now is a bunch of 1st world, privileged, whiny, chardonnay socialists. Pull your finger out and make a difference, not a racket – I need some sleep so I can go dig some more holes………………

  • Trick Mig Boy

    It would be an unbearable tragedy to see our spectacular reef become an industrial wasteland!

  • Deckhand derrick

    Its much better to invest in clean energy,instead of backward polluting coal energy.
    Our reef needs to be kept prestine,and as healthy as possible,the coal port will harm the reef irreparably on several fronts.:Thousands of ships passing by the reef every year means increased marine pests through ship ballast water,and also risk of collision with reef or each other,which happens time and time again all over the world.
    :It will look very industrial seeing thousand s of ships lugging cargo in an omnipresent shilouette,instead of looking like the marine park that it is,and generating millions for tourism!

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