Legal Action Taken to Prevent Dumping in Barrier Reef.
The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) will be defending the dumping of dredge spoil in a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in far North Queensland at the Federal Court in June this year. The AMPTO will be challenging the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBPC) in the Federal Court after the Marine Park has attempted to dump three million cubic metres of dredge spoil into the Reef.
Sharnie Kim reports this case in the article entitled “Tourism industry group launches legal fight over dredge spoil dumping” for ABC News on 19th May.
Kim reports that AMPTO spokesman Col McKenzie has made his opinion known that the dumping should take place on land rather than in the sea. McKenzie further states that the Marine Park would be breaking their own rules and therefore the permit to dump the dredge spoil should not have been issued in the first place.