WHITSUNDAY residents descended upon the nation's capital this week, to call on the Australian Government to stop the planned dredging and expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal.
The delegation launched a groundbreaking video shot by scuba divers near the Abbot Point terminal that reveals the abundance of coral and marine life under threat from the port expansion.
In the upcoming weeks, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt is set to approve the Abbot Point expansion within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
"We delivered 400 hearts with messages from locals outlining their concerns for the reef. We gave them to Greg Hunt who was pleased to receive them," said Sandra Williams of Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping.
"I have learnt that if you want to get your voice heard, you need to go straight to the top."
The residents who visited Canberra included a delegation of indigenous custodians, and Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping members.
"The video reveals the fragile ecosystem of Abbot Point that could be damaged beyond repair if this expansion goes ahead," Ms Williams said.
"We have really made an impact.
"The MPs and senators we met with have asked us to keep in contact with them, and update them."
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