Twas the night before Christmas…

According to Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt, there’s nothing as damaging as a bit of red tape and bureaucracy to slow down economic growth. But what does fast-tracking, cutting red tape and streamlining approvals really mean for the places we love?

Here’s what Abbott’s and Hunt’s ‘fast-tracking’ really means:

  • Building a coal port at Abbot Point, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, in the middle of the cyclone season.
  • Getting approval for dredging in the Great Barrier Reef and dumping on an internationally significant wetland in 3 months.
  • Not doing a full environmental assessment of the impacts of their outlandish ideas.
  • Using taxpayers’ money to fund the development because Adani, the Indian mining giant that wants the port, hasn’t raised the money yet.
  • Giving the public a measly ten days to comment on a nationally significant project.
  • Doing what they want, regardless of the consequences.

And now they want to push all of this through over the Christmas period, in the hope that no one will notice!

Submissions for the proposal to dredge millions of tonnes of seabed from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and dump it on nearby wetlands to make way for a massive new coal port close on the 18th December. If you care about the reef then this is your chance to stop the proposal at Abbot Point going ahead. They’ve only given you a few days and it’s at the worst possible time of year but now, more than ever, we all need to raise our voices about this project and tell them we don’t want the dredgers to pay Nemo a visit the night before Christmas.

What you can do

Call Greg Hunt on (03) 5979 3188. Here are some things you can mention:

  • We cannot protect the reef and have the two proposals for Abbot Point, the dredging and the disposal of the dredge spoil on the Caley Valley Wetlands, proceed.

Write a submission email to [email protected] by the 18 December.

Make sure you say it’s a submission on the proposed Abbot Point dredging and onshore placement of dredged material at the Port of Abbot Point (EPBC 2014/7355) and proposed Abbot Point Port and Wetland Project at the Port of Abbot Point (EPBC 2014/7356).

In case you are stuck for words, we have drafted an email for you, just copy and paste the text below:

Abbot Point Port and Wetlands project
Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
PO Box 15009
City East Qld 4002

Submission on the proposed Abbot Point dredging and onshore placement of dredged material at the Port of Abbot Point – EPBC 2014/7355 and proposed Abbot Point Port and Wetland Project at the Port of Abbot Point – EPBC 2014/7356

Dear Minister,

The two proposals are for a project that will affect the future of one of our greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.

Taken together, the two proposals ask you to authorise the Queensland Government to dredge the sea floor at Abbot Point; dispose of that dredge spoil on a section of the nearby Caley Valley Wetlands; and construct a bund around the remainder of the wetland, permanently altering its ecology.

The Caley Valley Wetlands are a Great Barrier Reef wetland, home to 40,000 birds, including the endangered painted snipe. The area is home to endangered turtles, dugongs and whales.

It is not possible for you to approve these projects and protect the reef.

These proposals are so an Indian mining giant can build the port, rail line and coal mine but they have not raised the money yet and some of the world’s biggest banks have said it is too risky to fund. It would be a national shame to dredge the reef and dump in the reef’s wetlands for a port that isn’t needed.

I urge you to exercise your powers and act as Minister for the Environment in rejecting these proposals.

Name:
Address:


Good luck and please let us know how you get on by leaving a comment below.

  • Hettie

    email sent, let’s hope this Minister for the Environment actually does his job – which is protecting our environment. If this goes ahead we will be shamed internationally!

    • greenpeaceaustraliapacific

      Thanks Hettie – appreciate the support

  • Jo Ward

    Done!

    • greenpeaceaustraliapacific

      Good on you Jo thanks for your support

  • jane

    email sent, please amend typo in the second last paragraph ie: mine not mien

    • greenpeaceaustraliapacific

      thanks Jane + typo fixed

  • Alysha Burton

    done ^_^

    • greenpeaceaustraliapacific

      thanks Alysha

  • Donna Alderman

    Done and shared!

    • greenpeaceaustraliapacific

      thanks Donna

  • Steve

    Email sent. I just pray he takes some notice otherwise his government will go down as the worst environmental vandals in Australian history and our future generations will be robbed of one of the great natural wonders of the world.

    This madness HAS to syop.

    • greenpeaceaustraliapacific

      Good on you Steve!

  • Sarah

    Done!

  • Daryl Dickson

    done….

  • Celia King

    Done!!

  • Alan Marco

    Climate change is doing enough damage to the reef. This project will just kill it.
    Email sent.

  • Calvingreeler

    Thanks guys- email sent. The cheeky bastards!

  • Chris

    Email sent to the Minister

  • Katie

    Email sent. Hopefully the Minister for the Destruction of the Environment actually listens

  • Jacqui

    Done!

  • Steve Berry

    Done

  • Melissa Beckham

    Just sent the email.

  • traudl

    Done!

  • Tania Panfilo

    I tried to control my anger… It was really hard.

  • Kara McLeod

    Done and shared

  • Kristen

    Email sent, shared on fb, circulated an email.
    This has to be stopped!!

  • Peter Young

    Good on you Shani and Greenpeace for taking the ‘complicated’ out of the submission process. We all need to fight this lunacy!

    • Juliana

      Agreed!

  • Andrew

    Done

  • Marion D Baird

    No problem Why must we show the world what a bunch of dickheads we chose to run this country. God save us!

  • Lauren

    Done. I found this website useful in formulating my submission – some good information about the wetlands – http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/save_the_caley_valley_wetlands

  • victoria moore

    I don’t know how to copy and paste from the web can someone help please?.

    • Juliana

      Hi Victoria, Just select the text you want with mouse then control c + control v – or if you’re using a mac command c (copy), command v (paste) 🙂 Hope that helps

      • victoria moore

        thanks. Mission accomplished

  • Jon Pedersen

    eMail Done. Thanks GreenPeace (and Shani) for your great work !!!

  • Heath Hera-Singh

    Done

  • Heath Hera-Singh

    Just in-case I have sent it twice 😉

  • Tegan

    SHAME ON THEM! Evil. Email sent and tweeted!

  • Lucy

    Email sent!! Fingers crossed! It would be such a tragedy!

  • Knowles family

    Email sent

  • Debbie Symons

    done

  • disqus_SIB5Bk1RfN

    Done

  • Lizz Sims

    email sent

  • Al

    Done. Thank you.

  • Benji Cruse

    email sent hope people power prevails

  • Glenys

    Done. Bet he wouldn’t allow it if it was the Mornington Peninsular they were going to destroy.

  • Monika

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, I just finished my submission. One thing though, it might be a good idea to include the link to the Queensland Government invitation for public comment, see as follows, http://www.ulda.qld.gov.au/infrastructure-planning/abbot-point-strategy-public-comment.html so the people can read how the Government is twisting the truth to make it sound as if dredging the Abbott Point is a great idea.

  • Carmel Callaghan

    you incompetent nincompoop, how dare you claim to be an environmental minister, you honestly haven’t a clue. Do you realise you are ruining a world tourist phenonomen,that dredging stirs up the krill on the bottom of the ocean, blocks out light and kills the breeding on the reef, not only for fish but also for coral. jUST BECAUSE YOU SACKED ALL THE EXPERTS WHO CAN TELL YOU THE SCIENTIFIC REASONS AS TO WHY YOU SHOULDNT DESTROY THE REEF, YOU CHOSE TO PUT IN POWER A MONEY MAQKING CEO, WHO WILL DO YOUR BIDDING FOR MONEY AND AGREE WITH YOU, HE HS NO SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND ON THE REEF, LIBERALS ARE ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALS. IS IT EGO DRIVEN FOR ABBOTT AUSTRALIAS WORST PM, TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE ABBOTTS POINT NAMED AFTER HIM, ESPECIALLY WHEN COAL IS THE PAST AND SOLAR IS THE FUTURE, LOOK AT GERMANY AND CLEAN POWER. NO POLLUTION, NO OUTLAY, AND NO PROFIT FOR YOUR CROOKS ND CRONIES…. NO WONDER YOU DONT WANT TO EMBRACE SOLAR AND INSTEAD WANT TO DESTROY OUR OCEANS, AND THEN MOVE ON TO DESTROYING AND DEFORESTING TASMANIA.

  • Karen Hardie

    Done & shared

  • Concerned

    How dare Bishop think she’s going to give overseas dignitaries a lesson on how we look after our reef when this is how they treat it……shame on you

  • Phoned.
    Office Response: Are you aware reef dredging isn’t being dumped in the reef now?
    Me: Yes, but are you aware the wetlands are still part of the Ecosystems and the soil from dredging can still damage the animals and the reef?
    Office Response: Blank

    God help us all with these numbnuts in power.

  • Cameron

    Just sent an email, because I really hate Greg Hunt! 🙂

  • Di

    email sent – thanks for the draft letter idea

  • What the hell is this garbage . This is nothing more than political muck racking using blatant lies by Greenpeace Even the biased ABC had this to say A 35-year plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef has stopped short of banning the dumping of dredge spoil into the marine park.

    However State Environment Minister Andrew Powell said all possible onshore options should be considered before offshore approval was given. See More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-15/new-35-year-plan-great-barrier-reef-report-released/5743122

  • Tam

    Done! Hope it makes a difference.

  • Jill Parry

    Vile man, let’s hope the global revolution starts soon, and we the people put all these super powered politicians and companies down, and start to heal our Mother Earth.

  • Phil

    Email sent. Seriously – what a turkey! Looking forward to the post Government books from this lot – sooner rather than later

  • Pam

    Email sent – let’s hope we stop this !!!

  • Visitor to Earth

    With power comes great responsibility, if those given the power can not be responsible, remove the power. Hopefully before damage is done.

    Maybe we all just line up and crap in Mr Abbots and Mr Hunts gardens, dump our waste, and pollute their lives.

  • Lindab

    I have emailed a submission and rung the office.

  • MrMagooo

    Shame on us for voting these greedy pigs into power, we need to shut this down!

    I have emailed the office and am waiting on a response.

  • Mel

    email sent. let’s hope people power works

  • Erin

    I sent the suggested email and tacked on my own paragraph at the end: ‘One of the biggest concerns I have in my life, is the fate of our planet. Why do we keep destroying parts of our home all for the sake of money? What is that money going to buy us at the end of the day when we have no planet to live on?’

  • Leah Fletcher

    Leave the fucking reef alone no australian wants it touched and if you want to put it to the test let us vote on the decision.This is not a business decision it is world heritage you have to put that above money for once just leave it alone arseholes.

  • Yasha Watkins

    Done.
    Same thing as Shark Girl. She had an amazing doco on ABC the other night about how many sharks have disappeared in the last 10 – 15 years on the reef. ( No wonder they want to get rid of Aunty as well !! ). She approached WOOLWORTHS asking them to stop selling FLAKE because of the deadly POINSONOUS level of MERCURY it contained. They took 7 months to reply, and dismissed her claims and continue to KILL US.
    MONEY IS THE REASON!!!

  • Kevin

    email sent from UK. Lived in Townsville until very recently and I am appalled at what the Gov are doing

  • Leo Fatseas

    Not ever voting for a party willing to disturb any part even nearby an area known the world over that brings thousands of tourist dollars here. Putting mining profits in a small amount of hands a destroying the majority of jibs and tourism in any way shape or form and letting a known indian company that has little reguard for workers rights or the environment build a port here near the barrier reef is not going to help this country in the long run. If they want more infrastructure and development how about a train line and Highway to Alice Springs from Brisbane and connection to what ever coal mine to that line and utilise the Brisbane port which is being expanded anyway.
    This infrastructure would double our outback tourism and help stop Australia being a laughing stock in reguards to The Great Barrier Reef !

  • Gill F

    More money grabbing WE SHOULD VOTE NO CONFIDENCE IN EITHER PARTY!! Once it’s gone there is no coming back dh!

  • Lorraine Stern

    Done and shared, can’t believe this is still being considered, what is wrong with these moronic politicians!

  • Louise King

    we don’t want anymore coal taken from the ground, it is not needed there are clean technologies, what is needed is our barrier reef and the wetlands

  • Lou

    Done. So so sad.

  • Jeanette Mills

    I emailed Mr Hunt on 2nd November, 2104 expressing concern at proposal to dump toxic dredge waste in Caley Valley Wetlands and received a response on 6th November, assuring me that a “rigorous and thorough environmental impact assessment” would be undertaken before this project proceeded. More lies and deceit!

  • Pauline Koppel

    Added this to the last part of email. I ask that you urgently stop this at once. You will be remembered in history books forever as the Minister for the Environment who destroyed the Great Barrier Reef. We will not remain silent. We will protest against you and this vandalism. We will bring our mothers, fathers, grandparents and children to the Reef. We will stand strong as Australians. We cannot allow this destruction to take place.

  • Jan Dililau Phillips

    total idiots ..the entire government ..shame shame shame..you will go down in history as the worst, most destructive government ever !!!

  • Charles Hoernemann

    Email sent! Hope Common Sense prevails…

  • Fiona Thomas

    How dare the Government think they can just go ahead and do what they want.Mr. Abbott get off your High Horse and let the swelling go down in your head. THE REEF IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WITH SUCH A DIFFERENT RANGE OF THINGS TO SEE. TOURISTS AND AUSTRALIANS LOVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.WE ALSO LOVE THE FORESTS IN TASMANIA, MY HOME FOR A LONG TIME. WHAT IS IT WITH YOU AND OUR ENVIROMENTAL MINISTER IN WANTING TO DESTROY OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. YOU ARE JUST GREEDY MEN IN A POSITION THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN GIVEN AND AUSTRALIANS WON,T MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN.

  • Amity Ranty Pants

    If you do not stop this abomination you will be forever known as the shameful man who allowed our country to become a third world, polluted scuzhole, who traded our natural heritage and tourism industry for the greed of an out of touch government.

    A government, that is so out of touch with the rest of the world that he still invests in coal, an outdated fossil fuel that is about to go into rapid decline world wide as the more educated counties of this planet move towards a sustainable solar future. The world is changing. Australia is being left behind and being destroyed forever by a few greedy megalomaniacs. What they destroy will be gone forever. FOREVER.

    Please do not allow yourself to become the shame of our nation.

    There is no second earth to go to if we kill the one we live on.

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