Gladstone harbour to be under spotlight during election

IT'S one hundred days until the Federal Election, and both sides of politics are moving to push Gladstone's harbour into the political spotlight.

While the Greens are yet to announce a candidate for Flynn, Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters will visit Gladstone next week, along with US environmentalist Bill McKibben.

During his visit, Mr McKibben has claimed Australia's coal industry was causing international environmental damage.

The group will do a fly-over of Gladstone Harbour.

A spokeswoman for the Greens has previously flagged plans to make issues around the harbour, including coal terminal development and dredging, key federal election issues for the party.

And on Wednesday, the Queensland Resources Council hit out over claims made by environmental campaigners about coal ports and the Great Barrier Reef.

"In the face of activist distortions and outright lies, our industries' only weapons are facts, evidence and science - and we will deploy those weapons resolutely and robustly," chief executive Michael Roche said.

He said Greenpeace had claimed that 11,000 coal ships would move through the Great Barrier Reef by 2020, when the more likely figure was 3000.

Last month, Mr Roche came to Gladstone and met with LNP member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, and released a survey highlighting support for industry development in the region.

Four candidates are currently declared for Flynn - incumbent Mr O'Dowd, former member for ALP Chris Trevor, Palmer United Party's Steve Ensby, and independent Wowan farmer Duncan Scott.

Family First has flagged it will nominate a candidate for Flynn this month.