Call on Federal Government to start an independent Federal investigation into activities in the Gladstone Harbour
Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2011
SPEECH TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
19 SEPTEMBER 2011.
MEMBER FOR FLYNN KEN O’DOWD MP
Mr Speaker I rise today to speak on a matter of vital importance, not only to Central Queensland but to the whole of Australia.
A major public health scare has emerged in Gladstone.
The State Government has closed up to 500 sq km of central Queensland coastline to fishing.
To date, two fishermen have been hospitalised, numerous deaths of turtles have been recorded along with barramundi, and other marine life.
Crabbers have been getting sores on their arms just from pulling their pots out of the water.
Economic Development Department Director General Ian Fletcher has said that the Gladstone Harbour would be closed to fishing, to protect public health while the situation is assessed.
Urgent meetings are being held today with the Director General myself, the Gladstone Mayor, State Member Liz Cunningham and other stakeholders.
I am calling on the Federal Environment Misister Tony Burke to immediately start an independent investigation into activities in the Gladstone Harbour.
The people of Gladstone are demanding a quick, independent enquiry.
Whilst not confirmed, our marine deaths could be a case of red spot disease caused by acid water.
If this is correct a new approach to disturbing the Harbour floor must be found.
Acid Sulphite sediment must not be disturbed.
Whatever the problem- it needs a complete, independent, through and HONEST investigation.
The Federal Government must step in today and announce a Federal investigation into activities in the Gladstone Harbour.