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.
- The area is home to endangered birds, turtles, dugongs and whales.
- Adani haven’t raised the money yet to pay for the rest of the project and some of the world’s biggest banks have said it’s too risky to fund.
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:
Good luck and please let us know how you get on by leaving a comment below.