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Minister Wants Authority to Look at Ways to Bring Bigger Ships to Cairns

Posted on December 22, 2015

By Nick Dalton, Cairns Post

TREASURER and acting State Development Minister Curtis Pitt has instructed Ports North to focus on ways to increase the size of ships entering the city’s port.

The Government has granted the authority an 18-month extension to an environmental impact statement.

While full-scale dredging has been ruled out, Mr Pitt said dredging the mouth or approach channel to the Trinity Inlet shipping waterway and the swing basin was expected to be included in the EIS.

Wholesale dredging has been ruled out on the grounds of cost (estimated at $100 million) and a ban on dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


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