The Fitzroy Delta lies at the southern end of Keppel Bay, between Rockhampton and Gladstone Queensland. The Delta is the largest river catchment feeding into the Great Barrier Reef and supports Peak Island's Flatback Turtle rookery and the endangered Snubfin Dolphin.
"The area has multiple coal ports being planned for development. These will result in massive impacts on water and air quality. The ports will destroy Balaclava Island and the Delta. Servicing of hundreds of bulk coal carriers a year will result in the destruction of fish habitat and loss of rare marine species in the areas" said Ms Gerlach.
Ms Gerlach spokeswoman for the local community group Keppel And Fitzroy Delta Alliance is seeking to unite local communities to ensure the coal port development is stopped.
"I hope this public meeting can raise people's awareness about the proposed development projects in Fitzroy Delta. We want to expand this local campaign into a national one"