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Taha and Christensen want Abbot Pt dredging project approved

Both Labor candidate for Dawson Bronwyn Taha and sitting LNP member George Christensen have voiced their support for the Abbot Point expansion and associated dredging project.
Both Labor candidate for Dawson Bronwyn Taha and sitting LNP member George Christensen have voiced their support for the Abbot Point expansion and associated dredging project. Contributed

THE battle for Dawson is raging but it appears the two front-runners share a similar view on one of the electorate's most contentious issues.

Both Labor candidate Bronwyn Taha and sitting LNP Member George Christensen have called on Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to approve the Abbot Point dredging project.

Mr Burke is expected to announce his final decision on whether to permit up to three million cubic metres of dredge material to be dumped at sea as part of the expansion on July 9.

Mr Christensen recently presented a petition with 1500 Bowen residents' signatures supporting the project to Parliament.

He said he welcomed reports Ms Taha had pressured Environment Minister Tony Burke to approve the project.

But Ms Taha said even if she had that much influence, proper environmental protocol would still have to be followed.

"I have spoken to the Bowen community and I have passed on their support in writing to him (Mr Burke)," she said.

"The expansion has my full support, however, this decision is in the hands of Minister Burke.

"This decision won't be taken lightly and will undergo a detailed and thorough process with all stakeholders involved, including the impacts on the Great Barrier Reef."

Earlier this week, environment group Greenpeace revealed a petition with 30,000 signatures in opposition to the Abbot Point expansion.

Topics:  abbot point coal terminal bronwyn taha dawson george christensen


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