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Environment council wants surveys before and after races

THE Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council wants surveys done before and after the Superboats Championships to assess the event's effect on marine life and the natural environment.

WBBEC president Roger Currie asked that event organisers also publicise the precautions being taken to protect sea life and the Great Sandy Marine Park.

His comments came after Superboats Championships race director Russell Embleton told the Chronicle earlier this week: "We are pretty content with the methods and plans we've put in place."

Mr Currie said: "I can't understand why both ministers (Minister for Environment Andrew Powell and Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson) have not required the promoters to carry out a holistic marine values survey or EIS (environmental impact study).

"Given that we have Great Barrier Reef corals and supporting species within the event footprint, this would guarantee that Mr Pemberton's outrageous comments might have some justification."

Efforts were made to contact Mr Embleton and Minister for Environment Andrew Powell for a response to Mr Currie's requests.

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