Decision on coal a win for Burnett

MINING company Northern Energy has confirmed it will ship coal to Asia through the port at Gladstone, rather than Bundaberg.

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger yesterday said the announcement was a “huge win for the people of Burnett”.

Mr Messenger has been fighting the plan to ship the coal through Bundaberg for months and, in September, he won an assurance from Port of Gladstone chief executive officer Leo Zussino the coal would bypass the district.

However, he said the confirmation by Northern Energy this week was the first time the company had publicly said it would be using the port at Gladstone.

“Burnett Heads residents always knew the Bundaberg Port and Burnett Coast deserved a better future than a dirty coal-loading facility, and their wish has been granted with the latest exciting announcement by Gladstone Port Authority of a new mini village at the port,” Mr Messenger said.



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