Future home to grounded ships?
A LOCAL conservation group is concerned damaged ships will be brought to Hervey Bay’s waters in future after the Great Sandy Marine Park was not mentioned in a review of the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 coal carrier.
Roger Currie, president of the Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council, said there was no mention in consultant Graham Miller’s report of exempting the marine park from being a future salvage area.
“The recommendations have basically focused on the Great Barrier Reef and they’ve totally ignored the fact that they brought it here as a safe anchorage and they could potentially use the area for future dramas,” he said.
“Chucking buggered-up coal ships in the Great Sandy Marine Park is an insult to the people of the Fraser Coast.
“Why should our regional economy be potentially threatened from these types of issues?
“The core basis of our regional economy is heavily dependent on fisheries and tourism values and we have to fight to protect that as a regional community.”
The Shen Neng 1 ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in April and it was towed to the protected waters of Hervey Bay in May after adverse weather conditions forced Maritime Safety Queensland to abandon plans to tow it into the Port of Gladstone.
About one-third of its coal was unloaded during a 10-day operation before it was towed out of Australian waters.