What are the options to complete this dredging project and enable these huge benefits?
The Ports North draft EIS proposed putting all the spoil from capital dredging into the inshore lagoon. As noted above, Federal and State Government have ruled against this option.
The other option is to put the spoil on land. The draft EIS assessed the 944 ha State-owned East Trinity property as the better option. The area where the spoil would be placed was salt-pan, grasslands and a meleauka tree forest until it became severely degraded. The forest was killed by saltwater inundation after CSIRO recommendation to use dredged spoil to cap the area resolving the acid problem was ignored.
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