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Greens commend Environment Minister’s decision on Great Keppel Island resort

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 30 Oct 2009

The Australian Greens today commended Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett's decision to knock back a plan to build a huge resort on Great Keppel Island.

"This was clearly the right decision to make, and I welcome the stance of Minister Garrett," said Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"A project of this magnitude would have disastrous effects on the surrounding environment and ecosystems. The resort would have placed unacceptable pressures on the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage marine park."

"The planned marina would have required serious dredging work, which could have killed large sections of the coral reef, and the increased pressure on the island would have countless other impacts."

"It is good to see the Environment Minister making the right choice in this matter, and ensuring that a pristine part of our environment is protected from over-development," said Senator Siewert.

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