Galilee Coal Basin
Nine new mega coal mines are proposed for the Galilee Basin.
Together, they would affect tens of thousands of hectares of land.
Abbot Point Coal Terminals
Four new coal terminals are proposed for Abbot Point, adjacent to a beach where Green turtles are known to nest, and requiring millions of tonnes of dredging.
Hay Point & Dudgeon Point Coal Terminals
The proposed new Dudgeon Point coal terminal would mean more
coal dust and noise for local residents and may impact on wintering
Fitzroy Island & Balaclava Island Coal Terminals
Some research suggests the proposed new coal ports at Balaclava Island and the Fitzroy River delta could put at risk a local population of Australian snubfin dolphins.
The total number of coal ships travelling through the Reef could reach 11,000, if expansion plans are realised, bringing means increased risk of groundings, collisions and spills.
Agriculture: Loss of land, water and soil
Farmers in the Bowen Basin and the Darling Downs have been forced out by coal mining, which uses huge amounts of water, diverts creeks and excavates the landscape.
Case Study: Gladstone Harbour
Authorities have not yet identified the cause of fish disease in Gladstone Port but some local fishermen blame the construction of the Curtis Island LNG terminal.
Shen Neng 1
The coal ship Shen Neng ran aground in 2010, leaving a 2.5km scar on the Reef. Anti-fouling paint scraped onto the Reef from the ship is toxic to marine life.
Bimblebox Nature Reserve
Bimblebox Nature Refuge is protected by a covenant signed by the Queensland Government. But that hasn't stopped Waratah Coal proposing to open cut mine 7,000ha of its woodlands.
To avoid dangerous climate change, we need to reduce coal consumption
worldwide. Burning the coal from the Galilee Basin mines could produce over 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution a year.
Green turtles are a migratory and a threatened species and are known to nest on the beach adjacent to the proposed new coal terminals at Abbot Point.
The waters from Abbot Point south to the Whitsundays are an identified humpback whale gathering area in the Australian Recovery Plan for the species.
The Bowen Basin in Central Queensland has already suffered from
years of mining and the industry there is expanding further into farms and rivers.