Council settles with fraction of claim for Arrow LNG plant
GLADSTONE Regional Council has conceded it can't get a better deal out of the controversial Arrow LNG plant proposal - with the mayor admitting she didn't raise concerns about the project with the Federal Environment Minister.
Mr Hunt met with the council for 20 minutes on Wednesday morning, and councillors stayed mum on their fears the region would be short-changed by the project's planned social offsets.
"We've raised all our concerns during the process, while the co-ordinator general was here," Mayor Gail Sellers said.
"We just wanted to know about the timeframe because there's not really a lot we can influence."
Last week, Mr Hunt delayed the due date for his decision on the project's Environmental Impact Statement.
The council previously raised concerns compensation was not equivalent to the social disruption that would be caused.
"The (social impact) conditions for this project have been noticeably less than the conditioning of previous LNG projects," a council report stated.
"(Arrow's) commitments made were out of proportion to its actual impacts, which council saw as being larger than that of the other individual projects."
The council had sought about $72 million in commitments, with Arrow only conditioned to put up $11.5 million.
Mr Hunt reiterated his advice that he would make a decision on the project before December 13, and filled in the council on the federal coalition's plans to introduce a "one-stop shop" for environmental approvals.
Mr Hunt also met with Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd and new Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive Craig Doyle.
"He wanted to come out and have a chat about the developments happening around here and... talk about future work regarding Arrow," Mr Doyle said.
"If Arrow builds their plant there'll be a single berth there similar to what's happened with the other projects and I think it's about 1.5 million cubic meters of dredging to be done. We talked to him about where that dredging spoil could go, which would be the reclamation area at Fisherman's Landing which has been designed to be able to take that."