Members of the community, commercial and recreational fishers leave a meeting with Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace at the Grand Hotel on September 27, and right, Environment Minister Vicky Darling.
Members of the community, commercial and recreational fishers leave a meeting with Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace at the Grand Hotel on September 27, and right, Environment Minister Vicky Darling. Allen Winter

Report acquits dredging

A NEW report has found water quality in Gladstone Harbour has not suffered as a result of dredging.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management has produced a 38-page report in response to community unrest over a range of controversies in the harbour.

DERM said it had done the analysis in response to suggestions poor water quality had caused fish in the harbour to get sick.

The report found there had been no water quality deterioration, except during January in the post-flood period.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling said it was important the information was put into the public arena.

"There has been a lot of speculation in the community and it's very important that we can openly and transparently show the community that water quality testing is on-going, and has been for some time," Ms Darling said.

The report came after a morning in which Gladstone Regional Councillors expressed concern more information was not being made available from government departments about the outbreak of red-spot disease in fish in the harbour.

Attention will now turn to Fisheries Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland, as the urgency for an explanation intensifies.

The Queensland Seafood Industry Association hadn't had time to consider the report last night but reiterated its belief an independent body was needed to do water testing, to add rigour to the DERM process.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers, who also had just received the report, said the information should put the community's mind at ease, as the information was backed up by solid data.

Cr Sellers said she was satisfied with DERM's testing process.

She said it was vital the relevant departments provided constant information to the public.

 

Water quality report

Monitoring searched for water quality indicators analysed, included dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, turbidity, temperature, metals and chlorophyll.

The report can be found on the DERM homepage. Go to www.derm.qld.gov.au


Fun day exposes kids to tennis

Fun day exposes kids to tennis

Come along to the Emerald Tennis Fun Day next weekend.

Fran Underhill: Local author is a force for positivity

Fran Underhill: Local author is a force for positivity

Fran sends a message to children.

No local blood service...

No local blood service...

Emerald local raising awareness on the importance of donating blood.

Local Partners