Great Barrier Reef impact from dredging could cost as much as $1bn

FOI documents reveal a wide disparity between cost estimates from developer and marine park authority

The amount of money needed to offset the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested.

Documents obtained under freedom of information reveal huge uncertainty over the investment needed to maintain water quality following dredging to expand the Abbot Point port, north of Bowen in Queensland.

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