The terms of reference for an independent Commission of Inquiry into the leaking bund wall at the Port of Gladstone have been announced.
Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt said it was important that the Commission finds out if there was a failure of design or construction.
Mr Hunt said the panel would examine information relevant to the design, construction and functioning of the outer bund wall of the
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Western Basin reclamation area. Additional information had become available since an Independent Review into the Port of Gladstone reported on its findings.
“The Commission of Inquiry will provide advice as required to assist with the Department's current review of the outer bund wall leak incidents in 2011 and 2012 and consider the adequacy of monitoring requirements and operations,” Mr Hunt said.
“It will also seek submissions from relevant stakeholders on the design, construction and other matters relating to the subsequent leaking of the bund wall.”
Mr Hunt said he had appointed Andrew Johnson and Anthea Tinney to co-chair the review with Ian Cresswell as a member of the panel.
“Dr Johnson is a leader in environment and sustainability-related research at CSIRO and is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation,” he said.
“Ms Tinney has previous experience and considerable knowledge regarding the management of the Port of Gladstone.”
He expected the panel’s findings to be completed by the end of March.