Great Barrier Reef: legal action to stand despite new dredging plan

Conservationists waiting to see details of proposed land-based sediment disposal before dropping challenge to sea dumping

Conservationists have said they will not drop a legal challenge to dumping dredging sediment within the Great Barrier Reefs waters, even though the environment minister, Greg Hunt, has indicated he may wave through a Queensland government plan to dispose of the waste on land.

On Monday, the Queensland government signed off on a plan to use 5m tonnes of dredged material to enhance port development at Abbot Point, near the town of Bowen.

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