Reprieve for Reef as Fitzroy Delta proposal abandoned

The Australian Greens welcome reports that the Mitchell Group's Fitzroy Terminal Project has lapsed, opening up a critical opportunity to protect Keppel Bay and the Fitzroy Delta.

"The Greens congratulate the strong community campaign to protect the Reef, particularly the work of the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance - Queenslanders have had enough of their beloved Reef being trashed," Australian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

"This latest reprieve for the Reef comes after Glencore Xstrata scrapped plans for a coal port at Balaclava Island also in the Fitzroy Delta.

"The Abbot and Queensland governments should respect the recommendations of UNESCO, who have specifically identified that the Fitzroy Delta should not be developed, and should seize this opportunity to protect this precious place from all damaging developments into the future.

"I currently have a bill in the Senate to adopt the World Heritage Committee's recommendations, including banning new ports in pristine areas such as the Fitzroy Delta and placing a moratorium on all further developments, and I will be bringing it on for debate in the Senate.

"The Abbott and Newman Governments need to accept we're at the end of the fossil fuel era, and it's time they step up and protect the Reef instead of their mining mates' profits," Senator Waters said.