Protesters voice their opposition to a Central Queensland mining project this year.
Protesters voice their opposition to a Central Queensland mining project this year. Chris Ison Rokcprotest

'Scaremongering' jeopardises projects

A BUSINESSWOMAN has urged Rockhampton businesses leaders to band together against minority conservation groups preventing development within the region.

CQG Consulting director Patrice Brown yesterday told about 70 local business leaders at a breakfast forum that scare-mongering from the groups had jeopardised a number of important projects.

The company is involved with the Great Keppel Island development and the Fitzroy Terminal Project at Port Alma.

Ms Brown said the GKI development had been held up for four years, and two months ago the project was almost dropped.

But she said she was more worried by the groups, which she claimed were funded by Greenpeace, challenging the mining sector.

"Let's stand up," Ms Brown urged.

She made the statements at the Central Queensland Economic Forecast Breakfast, which hosted Commonwealth Bank senior economist James McIntyre.

Mr McIntyre suggested she and others provide clear and factual information the community could turn to for clarification.

"One of the best defences ... is to push for more transparency and show information," he said.

Spokespeople from the Capricorn Conservation Council and Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance said they were not funded by Greenpeace and agreed with Mr McIntyre's views.

CCC co-ordinator Michael McCabe said they were not involved in scare-mongering, but asking questions "expecting people with the money and expertise to answer".

What's at stake

  • Great Keppel Island development
  • Three coal ports proposed for Port Alma
  • Mining projects across the Bowen Basin
  • Let's stand up