Environment group, GPC front Govt port panel
THE panel conducting an independent review into the Port of Gladstone will hold meetings with community and industry groups in Gladstone today.
The review panel, which the Federal Government formed at the request of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, is looking at environmental management in the harbour.
It is part of strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef.
Gladstone Region Environmental Advisory Network chairman Col Chapman said the group was requested to meet to discuss its submission to the review.
In the submission, GREAN described community frustration with the Port.
"Community consultation for the Gladstone Port Corporation Limited is to hold meetings to tell the public what is being planned or done," it stated.
Gladstone state MP Liz Cunningham will also meet with the panel today, while the GPC will face it tomorrow.
The GREAN submission also raised concerns that water monitoring in the Gladstone Harbour was funded by industry, so was not independent. Mr Chapman said he hoped the panel would address the issues, but he was sceptical about the limited timeframe for review.
The panel, which was formed in February, must report by June 30. Public submissions to the review closed on March 20, but the panel is to publish them.