Barrier Reef dredging: Queensland approves plan to dump spoil on land

The state government has asked the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, to fast-track approval for the plan

The Queensland government wants to pay for dredged seabed from a major coal port expansion to be dumped on land instead of in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The premier, Campbell Newman, announced on Monday that cabinet had approved a new disposal plan for dredge spoil at the Abbot Point coal port near Bowen, which would reuse the material on land.

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