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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to respond to the Great Barrier Reef Marine ParkAuthority’s Draft Regulation Impact Statement – Banning the disposal of capital dredgespoil material in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council’s response supports a merit based approval process asopposed to a one size fits all approach to capital dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef MarinePark.
“Council is committed under its Corporate Plan, to promoting our natural environment as valuedand sustainable,” she said.
“A key strategy in achieving the Corporate Plan is to promote the conservation of environmentalassets including the Great Barrier Reef, beaches and wetlands.
“The Whitsundays is also a diverse region with many substantial opportunities which need to beconsidered in a balanced and considered manner.
“As such, Council supports a merit based assessment of proposals for the disposal of capitaldredge spoil material in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rather than pre-empting the beneficial and adverse impacts of all potential proposals in the future,” she said.